Our Coalition

For over 20 years, STTAC has maintained a well-established, tri-county coalition. The coalition meets every two months, for a total of six times during a grant year, with the location of the meeting rotating between three counties. Coalition meetings are two hours in length and allow for a focused look at workplan deliverables, event planning, networking, training, and direct education and mobilization of allies. These partnerships and collaboration opportunities have created a strong network of allies focused on tobacco control. Examples of coalition members include voluntary health organizations, colleges, hospitals, youth-focused organizations, mental health providers, local health departments, and organizations that represent diverse communities. Communication carries on throughout each month through periodic email updates, in-person communications, and the monthly STTAC newsletter. The coalition also collaborates with other Bureau of Tobacco Control (BTC) funded partners in the western and central regions of New York State (NYS).

If you would like to learn more about the coalition please call (607) 737-2858.

The Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Coalition (STTAC) is a Community Partner of the New York State Tobacco Control Program and is funded by a grant from the New York State Department of Health.

We serve Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben counties by improving health through education and policy change.

STTAC’s mission is to reduce morbidity and mortality, and alleviate the social and economic burdens caused by tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke in New York State.

About Us

The Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Coalition (STTAC) envisions all New Yorkers living in a tobacco-free society. Our mission is to reduce morbidity and mortality and the social and economic burden caused by tobacco use. Evidence based tobacco control programs and policy interventions can reduce this burden. STTAC uses an evidence-based, policy-driven and cost-effective approach to decrease tobacco initiation by youth, motivate adult smokers to quit and eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke.


Advance tobacco-free norms, through promising/emerging tobacco control initiatives.

Reduce the impact of retail tobacco marketing on youth and adults, especially those disparately-affected populations.

Increase opportunities for tobacco-free outdoor areas.

Reduce secondhand smoke exposure in multi-unit housing.

Reduce tobacco imagery in youth-rated movies.


STTAC’s Reality Check youth program regularly engages middle and high school aged youth from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds to work to change community norms regarding tobacco use through activities aimed at deglamorizing and denormalizing tobacco use in their communities. Through civic engagement, youth program initiatives include community education linked to social action, media advocacy, media and community events, and advocacy with organizational decision makers to advance tobacco-free norms through policy change.

Click here to learn more about the Reality Check program!