April
24

Students Bust Butts For Earth Day

Hope y’all had a happy Earth Day. We sure did. Out of respect for Mother Earth and her precious waterways here in Buffalo, Reality Check students from Hutch Tech High School joined us in Spring Sweep 2018 sponsored by Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper. Turns out cigarette butts were one of the biggest culprits littering the banks of Scajaquada … Continued
April
17

Spring Cleaning: 5 Tips to Tobacco-Free Living

Spring breathes new life into the world around us. This spring (if you call 32 degrees spring!?), we suggest you take full advantage of new life and make a clean break from tobacco exposure. Here are 5 spring-cleaning tips that will allow you, your children, your neighbors, and the entire community, breathe the freshest air … Continued
March
27

Kicking Butts, Seizing Control

In the midst of a sunny, yet cool St. Patrick’s Day on March 17,  50+ youth activists savored the mist of the mighty Niagara Falls to speak out about  the billions of dollars of tobacco promotions in places where they and other youth can see and be influenced by them. Besides Kicking Butts ( to bring attention … Continued
February
9

Top 6 Messages for Legislative Day

Reality Check students from all nine counties of Western New York joined 200+ youth advocates from around the state at the Capitol building for Tobacco Control Legislative Day on Tuesday, February 6.  Their single most important message to elected officials: We’ve had many successes (smoking rates are down overall) but the fight isn’t over. Here’s … Continued
February
2

7 Reasons January Rocked

January is over–we can’t believe it, either!  We rang it in with New Year’s resolutions and rocked it out with these top 7 successes toward building a tobacco-free generation.  Number 1.  Proposed ban, protecting kids. Our Tobacco-Free Erie-Niagara (TFEN) team supported Erie County legislator Patrick Burke in proposing a county law that would ban smoking … Continued
December
21

Ho, Ho, Oh NO: Holiday Flavored Vape Juice

The 12 Days of Christmas are nearly upon us. Manufacturers of e-cigarettes and e-liquids are celebrating the season by giving their true loves holiday-flavored vape juice. Although the partridge in the pear tree would rather not breathe in the harmful chemicals of secondhand vapor, we bring you five golden flavors being promoted (with company descriptors … Continued
November
29

Great American Smokeout: Randolph, MA to Randolph, NY

November, 1970. That’s when the Great American Smokeout (GASO) began in Randolph, Massachusetts. One man,  Arthur P. Mullaney, asked people to give up cigarettes for a day and donate the money they would have spent buying them to a scholarship fund. Fast forward to 2017, to areas surrounding another Randolph –Randolph, New York in the … Continued
October
4

GLOWING UP for World No Tobacco Day

On Wednesday, May 31, our Reality Check groups in Tobacco-Free GLOW celebrated World No Tobacco Day (WNTD). While we celebrate it one day, we live the message and mission every day. The goal: to raise awareness and envision a life without tobacco. The Reality Check group from Kendall Central School participated in an event to … Continued
October
3

Fighting Tobacco With Chalk and Garlic

What do chalk and garlic have to do with reducing tobacco use in Chautauqua and Allegany Counties? A lot, it turns out. On August 26, TF-CCA engaged students from Alfred University to educate the college community on the dangers of tobacco use by way of chalk art.  Hundreds of students participated in the interactive event, which … Continued
September
28

Seen Enough Tobacco Action Day: Depew High School

On Friday, October 13 beginning at 2:00 p.m., Reality Check students are taking a stand for Seen Enough Tobacco Action Day. They’ve seen enough: Bright colorful marketing messages in stores where kids shop; 72% of tobacco retail outlets in Depew are located within 1 mile of a school. Tobacco industry tactics; In New York State, … Continued