February
18

Andrew Hyland: Proposed vaping restrictions are much needed

The recent Buffalo News editorial on vaping regulations rightly draws attention to the layered and complex issue that is e-cigarette policy.   Trying to thread the needle of how to safely enable access to vaping products for adults seeking to quit cigarettes while keeping vaping products out of the hands of those under 21 is an … Continued
February
13

Falconer Students Ask Community to Help Oscar Quit

The Oscars hit the screen on February 9, but students from Falconer High School did their part on February 6 to push for a new rating system for films that include on-screen smoking. The youth, members of the school’s Reality Check group, hosted a free movie night at the Reg Lenna Center For The Arts … Continued
December
31

2019 Year In Review: Reducing Tobacco Use

We can’t move into 2020 without a look back on 2019. In this post, we share the comprehensive perspective of our acclaimed leader, Dr. Andrew Hyland. As head of the tobacco control programs at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Director of the New York State Smokers’ Quitline, and researcher who has spent 25 years working … Continued
December
18

Cigarette Santa: A Look Back

With Christmas exactly one week away, we take you back to a time when Santa was a pitch man for Big Tobacco. Once upon a time, cigarettes were a Christmas present favorite – the gift that kept on giving (cancer). While kids were busy unwrapping their dolls and toy cars, dad was opening his carton … Continued
November
1

Youth (and Their Animal Friends) Stand Up to JUUL

Don’t test on animals. We all agree on that, right? No one wants sweet and defenseless cats, dogs or even hamsters being exposed to something that makes them sick–especially the animals. They get it! That’s why Doug The Pug, LouLou the Spaniel, and Randy the Camel (just to name a few) joined our Reality Check … Continued
September
24

Putting Vaping In Perspective

It’s been one month and one day since Illinois reported the first death from vaping in the U.S.  on August 23, 2019. The CDC and FDA have been working tirelessly to compile data on the hundreds of cases coming in from across the US. While they continue looking for a definitive answer on the cause … Continued
August
21

Flutterby Fest Feature: Cigarette Butt Pollution

Almost 2 miles of Elmwood Avenue were transformed for the day into an urban “Eco corridor” on August 10. The event: The first annual Flutterby Festival. The idea: To showcase environmentally friendly businesses and organizations. Our team from Tobacco-Free Roswell Park was proud to be among the groups fluttering by and through. We shared vital … Continued
August
1

The Butts Stop Here!

To gear up for our booth/table at the earth-friendly Flutterby Festival on August 10th, we sent a team of volunteers to Elmwood Avenue recently to pick up those smelly, nasty predators known as cigarette butts. Our goal: To raise awareness about where cigarette butts do (and don’t) end up when smokers are done smoking them.  … Continued
June
27

Youth Summit In Java Fights For Tobacco-Free Future

Reality Check groups of Western New York recently came together at Beaver Hollow in honor of World No Tobacco Day on May 31. On the youth summit agenda were three days of ice breaking, team building, and s’more eating, just to name a few of the highlights. Group activities and workshops prepared youth advocates to … Continued
June
5

Altria Demo 2019: Youth Will Not Be ‘Fuuled’

120 teen leaders from New York State took on Altria Group executives and shareholders on May 16th. Their actions, centered outside the Richmond Convention Center, Richmond, Virginia, and areas nearby, focused on why the tobacco giant baited consumers and public health officials with the promise of withdrawing pod-based nicotine products from the market in order … Continued