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
April
1

Are Tobacco Ads Next To Candy In Your Stores?

Convenience stores in Allegany County, New York, are plastered with tobacco advertising. That’s what Reality  Check youth from Fillmore Central High School discovered in their recent Kick Butts Day store tour. Teen leaders  honored the national day of activism, sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and celebrated annually in March, by investigating 20 convenience stores in … Continued
March
22

NFTA Metro Kicks Butts

On March 20, National Kick Butts Day, which supports a tobacco-free environment, NFTA Metro announced an enhanced no-smoking campaign for bus shelters and rail stations.  The announcement was made during an event held at Metro’s Main/Allen rail station, which included our Tobacco-Free Roswell Park team, as well as our public health partners from the County … Continued
March
5

Let’s Get Smoking Scenes Off Silver Screen

The stars made quite a scene on Oscar’s red carpet this year. Community health partners and Reality Check youth leaders from across Western New York upstaged them with a fashionable statement of their own: let’s get the smoking scenes of the screen. Here’s a photo gallery of our communities commemorating International Week of Action, an annual … Continued
February
11

Olean Senior Wins Youth Advocate of the Year Award

YAYA winner. That’s what we’re calling Olean High School senior Olivia Lang these days.  She was recently chosen among hundreds of fellow youth leaders as New York State’s Tobacco Control Youth Advocate of the Year. This award, sponsored by Reality Check of New York State, honors the outstanding work of the youth advocate who has led the way in advocating for … Continued
February
6

Youth Leaders to Lawmakers: Tobacco is Trouble

Reality Check managers Jonathan Chaffee and Brittany Bozzer took youth leaders from their regions to the state Capitol this week. Their mission: to talk with lawmakers about the success of the work they’ve done in their communities to lower the smoking rate. They also told state leaders about the challenges they face in trying to reduce … Continued
January
16

New Year, Healthier Town of Shelby

Each January, roughly one in three Americans resolve to improve their health in some way. This January, one town — the Town of Shelby in Orleans County — made good on a healthier, tobacco-free grounds resolution that will benefit the entire community for 2019 and beyond. The new law, which was drafted by newly elected … Continued
December
31

County Executive Signs Sweeping Tobacco Legislation Into Law

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz held a press conference in the lobby of the Scott Bieler Clinical Sciences Center at Roswell Park on December 28th. He signed the Public Health Protection Act of 2018 into law, which is deemed the most substantial anti-tobacco legislation since the passage of the Clean Air Act in 1996. The new law … Continued