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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From Genesee County: Goodbye Cigarette Butts

GLOW Reality Check advocates have noticed a big problem this summer: littered cigarette butts scattered across their county parks. So they’re going to do something about it. On Saturday, September 30, with plastic bags in hand, the students will sponsor the “Dewitt Park Pickup.” The event will kick off at 10:00 a.m. Reality Check is … Continued

City Parks in Tonawanda: Now Tobacco Free

Thanks to a little (strike that–BIG) help from our friends at New Life Christian School, residents and visitors will enjoy a breath of fresh air in city parks. As of August 29, five parks, nine playgrounds, four sports and recreation areas, five miles of walking and bike trails, docking facilities and one band shell are … Continued

Reality Check Youth Summit

Youth from Fillmore Central and Olean High School took time out of their summer vacation to fight for a tobacco-free generation. To help them begin their fight, they attended the annual Reality Check (RC) of New York Youth Summit at Cazenovia College. “The average age of a new smoker in New York State is 13,” … Continued