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
September
26

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
September
18

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
August
28

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
August
10

A Tobacco-Free Taste of the Fair

It’s Erie County Fair time, folks. Time to enjoy all the sounds, sights and tastes of the one of the largest county fairs in America. Good news…now you can enjoy all the culinary concoctions served up in the comfort and safety of a smoke-free dining area. Our team was on the scene this morning getting a … Continued
August
2

Youth Summit Up for Tobacco-Free Generations

Nothing says summer like the Reality Check Youth Summit. The impact will continue well into fall, winter and spring as our youth take action against tobacco in their communities. The setting: Cazenovia College in Syracuse, New York. The scene: 20 of our advocates from across Western New York connected with 150 other youth from around the state.  … Continued
June
6

Fighting Tobacco Giant Philip Morris USA

    “Hey, hey. Ho, ho. Big Tobacco has got to go.” That’s what 50 Reality Check advocates from across New York State chanted outside as  the top executive for tobacco giant Altria Group USA told its shareholders on Thursday May 18 that the company had “another outstanding year” in 2016.  “Our business fundamentals remain strong,” … Continued