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Sheelah A. Feinberg
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Sheelah A. Feinberg assumed the role of director of the NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free City, a program of Public Health Solutions, in the fall of 2010. During her tenure as director, NYC Parks, Beaches, and Pedestrian Plazas went smoke-free, expanding New York City’s landmark comprehensive smoke-free air act. Prior to her current position, she has conducted successful advocacy campaigns in Boston, M.A., and in New York, N.Y., covering a range of policy areas including economic self-sufficiency, parks development, workforce and community development, and public health.  Ms. Feinberg has worked on political campaigns and served in the Clinton Administration in the White House as deputy associate director of Presidential Personnel. She holds an M.A. from Saint Michael’s College and a B.A. from Goddard College.

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Raised the Age -- What About the Price?

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 6:34 PM

On May 28, 2014, New York City officially raised the minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21 in its latest initiative to prevent youth smoking. The law, signed on November 19, 2013, had a six-month waiting period before it went into effect, but now tobacco retailers across the city...

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The Surgeon General's Report: New Strategies to Reach Communities Who Continue to Smoke

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 5:14 PM

This month, the U.S. Surgeon General's report on The Health Consequences of Smoking reminded us just how far we've come over the last 50 years in our efforts to control tobacco use and prevent our youth from smoking. Smoking rates are dramatically lower than in 1964 when the...

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New York City Makes History Again

(3) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 5:53 PM

Earlier this week, the New York City Council took an historic and bold step to reduce youth smoking rates. The City Council passed the "Tobacco 21" and "Sensible Tobacco Enforcement (STE)" bills to raise the minimum legal sale age of tobacco products to 21 from 18 and to combat illegal...

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Is 'Vaping' Better Than Smoking?

(47) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 11:46 AM

A growing number of smokers are turning to electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) to get their nicotine fix instead of smoking traditional cigarettes. Is "vaping" better than smoking? The e-cigarette industry would like us to believe that it is. But more research needs to be done, and federal regulation is needed.

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Take a Walk in Our Kids' Shoes on World No Tobacco Day

(3) Comments | Posted May 31, 2013 | 10:37 AM

Today is World No Tobacco Day. The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on countries to prohibit tobacco advertising and marketing to protect our youth. Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, said, "Governments must make it their top priority to stop the tobacco industry's shameless manipulation of young people."

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"Non-Smoking, Please"

(5) Comments | Posted March 30, 2013 | 1:05 PM

"Non-smoking, please." Ten years ago today, you no longer had to say that when you went to dinner in a New York City restaurant. Also, if you tended bar or worked in a restaurant, you no longer had to breathe in toxic secondhand smoke while you worked your shift.


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Will Our Success Go Up in Smoke?

(1) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 4:17 PM

Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his budget. Unlike previous budgets, there was no line item for the State's Tobacco Control Program. Instead, the governor has decided to lump the tobacco control program budget into one pool for chronic disease and prevention, thereby pitting essential programs against each other for...

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Cigarette Price Increases Don't Burden Low-Income New Yorkers, Smoking Does

(9) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 6:39 PM

A new study shows that low-income smokers in New York spend 25 percent of their income on cigarettes. Smokers' rights advocates argue that this proves high taxes on cigarettes are punitive and regressive. We couldn't disagree more.

High cigarettes taxes are not punitive; they save lives. New...

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The Next Steps in the Smoke-Free Air Movement

(4) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 1:47 PM

We are entering the second summer of New York City's signature expansion of smoke-free air in parks, beaches and pedestrian plazas. Not only is the air cleaner, our smoking rates in parks and beaches have come down.

New Yorkers have quickly adopted the policy as a new...

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Want to Bring Down Smoking Rates? Follow the Lead of New York

(13) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 12:39 PM

When New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently contributed $500,000 to support a California ballot initiative to raise that state's cigarette tax to fund cancer research, West Coasters learned what we have seen throughout his tenure leading the nation's largest city -- his commitment to fighting Big Tobacco....

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