Population Health Improvement Program (PHIP)

It’s Time to Clear the Air in the North Country

In response to the longstanding high use of tobacco products by residents of the North Country, the Population Health Improvement Program (PHIP), a program of Adirondack Health Institute supported by a grant from the New York State Department of Health, has established the North County Tobacco Use Reduction Task Force. The Task Force is comprised of individuals representing more than 35 organizations that serve residents of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Warren and Washington counties. The purpose of the Task Force is to promote both tobacco use prevention and cessation activities in the region through awareness and educational efforts.

Tobacco use remains the primary cause of preventable death in the nation and results in high rates of disease and premature death in the North Country. The adult cigarette smoking rate in the region significantly exceeds that of New York State.

A positive step the region can take to lower smoking rates is to restrict access to tobacco products by young people. The Task Force’s It’s Time to Clear the Air in the North Country initiative is actively engaging North Country residents to increase awareness about the benefits of raising the minimum legal sale age for all tobacco products from 18 to 21 to improve overall health in the region.

For more information about tobacco use in the North Country, the Task Force and how to support efforts to raise the sale age for tobacco products, please visit HealthyADK.

About the Population Health Improvement Program (PHIP)

The Population Health Improvement Program (PHIP) of Adirondack Health Institute supports the New York State Prevention Agenda and promotes the Triple Aim – improving health, enhancing quality, and reducing costs – by identifying, sharing, and helping implement best practices and strategies to promote population health and reduce health-care disparities in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Warren and Washington counties.

We are one of eleven lead organizations selected by the state to work with community partners and stakeholders that impact, or are impacted by health and health care issues. We continually seek interested regional collaborators to build a healthy future for our region.


HealthyADK is a resource portal maintained by AHI in collaboration with community organizations. The site provides easy access to current regional data on a variety of measures related to health, education, environment, transportation and the economy. The site offers information of interest to multiple community sectors, including business, community development, government, educators, community-based organizations, health care professionals, and community members.