Focus On . . . Tobacco-Free Living

Tobacco-related illness is the number one cause of preventable death in New Mexico. CINCH aims to help residents of Bernalillo County live healthy lives free from tobacco. Living tobacco free means avoiding the use of all types of tobacco products, such as cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, and hookahs, as well as living free from secondhand smoke exposure.

CINCH Initiative: Smoke-Free Housing

In partnership with community organizations, CINCH works to increase the availability of smoke free multi-unit housing in Albuquerque’s International District by raising awareness of the effects of exposure to secondhand smoke.

CINCH Initiative: Reducing Tobacco Sales to Minors

CINCH works with community members to reduce youth access to tobacco by educating merchants about the penalties associated with selling tobacco to minors, and empowering youth and adult community members to identify and report merchants in violation of New Mexico law.


To quickly access our collection of infographics, fact sheets, and reports, visit our resources page.

Secondhand smoke tied to miscarriages, stillbirths - Pregnant women who have been exposed to high levels of secondhand smoke have a higher rate of miscarriages, stillbirths and fetal deaths, a new study suggests. Read more here…
Secondhand smoke leading cause of childhood illness, death - Secondhand smoke is the leading cause of childhood illness and premature death,  especially in rural areas, University of Kentucky researchers say. Read more:
CDC: Makers of e-cigarettes, little cigars target kids - New types of cigarettes and tobacco threaten to addict a new generation of kids, in spite of the country’s overall progress against smoking, said Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more here…
SHIP: Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice - A great video from Minnesota’s Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) that illustrates how community design and environmental interventions impact people’s ability to live healthy lives. Watch the video here…
Reasons to Explore Smoke-Free Housing - This document is for property owners, landlords, and property managers who are interested in exploring a smoke-free policy for their multi-unit buildings. Green%20Factsheet_Smokefree
Smoke-free housing is life saver - Imagine what you would do if your neighbor’s toxic waste was seeping into your home. Secondhand smoke — the combination of smoke from the burning end of a cigarette and the smoke breathed out by smokers — is basically a toxic waste product that contains more than 7,000 chemicals. According to the surgeon general, there […]
City urges apartments to go smoke-free - Cigarettes and smoking were blamed for more than half the structure fires in Sioux Falls last year, and city officials now are encouraging rental property owners to ban smoking in their buildings. Read more here…