September
30

Biking the Canal For Smoke-Free Air

Reality Check advocates Ben Streeter, Kyrsta Hansen, Robert Torrez and Shashona MacPhee with Trailside Bikes owner Christopher VanDusen.

Preserving, protecting and sharing the natural beauty of our precious waterways are a key focus for all Western New Yorkers. That’s why Reality Check youth in Genesee and Orleans counties recently took part in the first annual Bike the Canal for a Tobacco-Free Generation event. The Reality Check group, which is focused on educating their … Continued

September
26

How One Teen Got A Reality Check This Summer

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by Nora Galley, Erie-Niagara Reality Check Advocate and Mount Mercy Academy Junior I was very motivated to make the summer between my Sophomore and Junior years of high school one of the best yet. This summer, like the past 13, I spent a week in Allegany State Park with my family. I love hiking, swimming and … Continued

September
22

5 Reasons Raising Age To Purchase Tobacco To 21 Is A Win

Olean student Taylor Shearer testified in Tobacco 21 hearing.

Young folks in Cattaraugus County have to wait a few more years to light up. The Southern Tier county is joining a number of communities in New York State to increase the legal age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21 years old.  Students, advocates and doctors call it a big win. They say … Continued

September
13

Smoke-Free Niagara Falls Will Do Wonders

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Niagara Falls is undoubtedly one of the world’s most beautiful natural wonders. City Council members on the U.S. side know and cherish that designation. That’s why they voted unanimously last Tuesday to pass a smoke-free resolution for all the city’s municipal properties.  City Councilman Ezra P. Scott, Jr. announced the victory in an interview at Roswell Park Cancer … Continued

September
6

Smokin’ Labor Day Fest (Minus Tobacco)

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The only smoke in the air at this year’s 37th annual Labor Day Festival in Jamestown Sunday was generated from a barbecue chicken pit. That’s because the use of tobacco and related products is now prohibited in all city of Jamestown parks and property. Back in March 2016, the city council voted 6 to 1 in … Continued