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Nation’s Newest Baby Café Opens in Albany

Funded by grants held by St. Peter’s Health Partners (SPHP) Community Health Programs, and in affiliation with nonprofit organization Baby Café USA, the new SPHP Baby Café at the Baby Institute provides pregnant and breastfeeding mothers a comfortable environment to learn more about breastfeeding.


SPHP Recognizes Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Center for its Tobacco Cessation Efforts

June 13th, 2019 – St. Peter’s Health Partners this week recognized Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Center for its dedication to improving the health of its patients by assessing and treating tobacco dependence.

On June 12, Katherine DeRosa, vice president of mission services for St. Peter’s Health Partners, presented an award to David Shippee, president and CEO of Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Center, and Theodore Zeltner, M.D., Whitney M. Young’s chief medical officer.


LiveSmart – June 12, 2019 – Quit Smoking for Fathers’s Day

Give the Gift of Good Health This Father’s Day – Help Dad Kick the Habit

By Erin Sinisgalli, Director | St. Peter’s Health Partners Community Health Programs

If you have a dad or grandfather in your life – or even a brother, son or uncle for that matter – who smokes, give them the gift of good health this Father’s Day. Make this the year you help them kick the smoking habit.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports cigarette smoking remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths every year, or about 1 in 5 deaths. Men are more likely than women to be current smokers, particularly among individuals aged 45-64 years, where nearly 17 of every 100 adults smoke.


Cuomo signs law raising age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21

July 16, 2019 – ALBANY, N.Y. (WBNG) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday signed legislation to raise the minimum sales age for tobacco and electronic cigarette products from 18 to 21.  According to Gov. Cuomo’s office, the bill will take effect in 120 days.

Revisiting E-Cigarettes: Safe or Harmful?

A divided health research community sees the vaping cartridge as half empty or half full.

February 15, 2017 – Dr. Stephen Amrock, with Oregon Health & Science University describes how e-cigarettes do not work any better than nicotine-replacement therapy. Dr. Mark Rubinistein at the University of California states that the increase of e-cigarette and vaping use is extremely toxic and harmful especially for the younger population which is engaging in these activities. Read the full story here

Where We Stand Now: E-Cigarettes

March 8, 2017 – Young adults especially high school students are increasing their exposure to nicotine by using e-cigarettes, many say that it is healthier than a normal cigarette so that is why they do it. Little do these students know how harmful e-cigarettes and vape products really are for you. Read the full story here

Tobacco Use Jumps 80% in Top Grossing Movies

July 10, 2017 – A nonprofit project called Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails conducted a study which looked at movies and the amount of tobacco incidents within these movies. The results showed that from 2015 to 2016 there was an 80% increase in tobacco incidents on screen. This increase was prevalent in G, PG, PG-13, and R rated movies. Read the full story here 

Indoor Ban of E-Cigs Heads to Cuomo’s Desk

June 20, 2016 – New York States awaits the passing of the addition to the Clean Indoor Air Act which bans e-cigarettes and vape products from bars, restaurants, and indoor work places. The assembly voted yes to add e-cigarettes and vape products but now the state is waiting on Governor Cuomo to pass the law and put it into place. Read the full story here