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Adolescent Tobacco Use Prevention Act (ATUPA)

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ATUPA signThe Adolescent Tobacco Use Prevention Act (ATUPA) was passed to stop sales of tobacco products to individuals under age 21. The act encompasses cigarettes, cigars, bidis, gutka, chewing tobacco, powdered tobacco, nicotine water, herbal cigarettes, shisha, electronic cigarettes, and smoking paraphernalia.

ATUPA is governed by NYS Public Health Law, Section 1399-cc, “Sale of tobacco products, herbal cigarettes, liquid nicotine, shisha, rolling papers or smoking paraphernalia to minors prohibited.” Click here for text of this law.
In Tompkins County, ATUPA is enforced by the Board of Health through the Environmental Health Division.

Logo for Tompkins County Tobacco 21In Tompkins County, "Tobacco-21" went into effect July 1, 2017. T-21 went into effect statewide in Sept. 2019. Click here for more info about T-21 in Tompkins County.

ATUPA Violations in Tompkins County

Violation: Sale to an underage inspector without checking identification.

Business Name Address Violation Date Fine
Red Apple M0358 176 Main St., Groton, NY 13073 11/10/2019 $500
Smiley's Food Mart 1472 Elmira Rd., Newfield, NY 2/16/2022 $750
C & C Tobacco 109 N Meadow St., Ithaca, NY 14850 2/16/2022  $750
Dream Smoke Shop  222 Elmira Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850  3/16/2022 (flavored vapor product purchased by underage person) $1,750

Violation: Selling or offering for sale flavored nicotine vapor products. 

These products have been banned for sale in New York since May 2020. TCHD staff over age 21 purchased flavored nicotine vapor products at seven (7) of these facilities:

Business Name Address Violation Date Fine
Cayuga Smoke Shop 207 N Aurora St., Ithaca, NY 14850 2/25/2022 (no purchase made) $600
Common's Market 122 N Aurora St., Ithaca, NY 14850 3/5/2022  $600
Zaza Exotic Market 101 E State St., Ithaca, NY 14850 3/5/2022 $600
Dream Smoke Shop 222 Elmira Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850 3/5/2022 $750
Quick Shoppe 317 Third St., Ithaca, NY 14850 3/10/2022 $600
Jason's Grocery & Deli 301 College Ave., Ithaca, NY 14850 3/17/2022 $600
Ayra Convenience 428 Eddy St., Ithaca, NY 14850 3/17/2022 $600
Ithaca Convenience Store 155 Dryden Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850 3/17/2022 $600

*Violators are removed from this list 3 years after the effective date, as determined by the TC Board of Health. BOH meeting minutes are available here.

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