Tobacco Use - ATUPA / CIAA

The Environmental Health Division is responsible for the lawful retail distribution and use of tobacco products in public places. This includes tobacco product sales to minors as well as enforcement of the Clean Indoor Air Act which prohibits the use of tobacco in public indoor spaces and workplaces.

Tobacco Distribution

Tobacco retailers in Chautauqua County are inspected annually for compliance with the NYS Adolescent Tobacco Use Prevention Act (ATUPA) and the requirements concerning the display, placement, packaging and distribution of tobacco products. To verify that tobacco products are not being sold to minors, annual compliance checks are completed with underage youth at each facility where tobacco products are available for sale.

Tobacco Use Restrictions

The Clean Indoor Air Act, enacted by the New York State Legislature in July of 2003, prohibits smoking in public places. This piece of legislation prohibits the use of tobacco in all public indoor spaces and workplaces unless a waiver has been granted by the Board of Health. The Health Department conducts routine compliance checks at bars and restaurants throughout the county and fines owners found violating the law. If you witness smoking in a public place or someone selling cigarettes to a minor, you can report these to the Health Department at (716) 753-4481 for investigation and enforcement.

Tobacco Free Property

As of November 2013, Chautauqua County Government established a tobacco-free outdoor policy. Outdoor use of tobacco on real property owned or leased by the County of Chautauqua is prohibited.


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