Tobacco Laws & Information

Clean Indoor Air Act (CIAA)

The goal of this program is to reduce the exposure of the public to secondary smoke within public places and the workplace.

Secondhand smoke - a substance with over 4,000 chemical compounds, including 43 known to cause cancer - is responsible for the deaths of approximately 62,000 non-smokers each year in the United States.

The Clean Indoor Air Act (CIAA) prohibits smoking in virtually all places of business. In January of 2017 an amendment was added to the law prohibiting vaping (PDF). Business owners are required to inform employees and patrons that smoking is prohibited indoors and to post No Smoking signs in conspicuous places within their establishment. This program provides services in the following areas:

  • Enforces compliance with the New York State Clean Indoor Air Act
  • Inspects facilities that are under permit (such as bars and restaurants) for compliance with the Clean Indoor Air Act
  • Investigates complaints regarding smoking in public places and work sites


Clean Indoor Air Act Applications:

Adolescent Tobacco Use Prevention Act (ATUPA)

The goal of ATUPA is to stop the sale of tobacco to anyone under 18 years of age.

The program tries to achieve this goal by:

  • Performing compliance checks with a minor at facilities where tobacco is sold
  • Verifying that tobacco retailers are registered with the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance
  • Making sure retailers comply with signage and display requirements
  • Performs enforcement actions for violations of ATUPA

Additional Information

Smokers Quitline

Access the NYS Smoker's Quitline website or call 866-697-8487.

Local Law No. 5 For The Year 2013 - Tobacco Retail Licensing Ordinance

On September 24, 2013, the Cayuga County Legislature passed a local law that impacts vendors of tobacco products.

Starting January 1, 2014, in order to sell tobacco or tobacco products to consumers in Cayuga County, a vendor must have a valid Tobacco Retail License issued by the Cayuga County Health Department. The law also states that applications for a license must be made at least 30 days prior to January 1, 2014.

There is currently no fee.

Local Law

Local Law Number 5 For The Year 2013 - Tobacco Retail Licensing Ordinance (PDF)


Tobacco License Application (PDF)