June
5

Altria Demo 2019: Top 10 Youth Takeaways

Making new friends. Getting to see new places. Using their voices and realizing that they are heard. These are just a few of the top takeaways Reality Check champions from Western New York, as well as across the state, listed as what they learned (and loved) most from their recent educational demonstration at the annual … 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 Erie Niagara 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
November
30

Greatest Hits of Great American Smokeout 2018

Thursday, November 20 was a day for smokers to quit for the day and get smoke and tobacco products out of their lives. But it was also a day that our public health partners, Reality Check teen advocates and teachers across Western New York seized upon to rally support for getting smoke out of our … Continued
October
31

Flavors: Tricks Being Treated With Research + Regulation

They come in flavors like Skittles, doughnut, chocolate and watermelon. Halloween treats, right? Wrong! They’re Big Tobacco’s tricks for getting kids hooked on their products. Tobacco companies hand their consumers (with a healthy fee, of course) sweet flavored cigars and smokeless tobacco products that are colorfully packaged just like candy. Sometimes sugary snacks and their … Continued