July
19

Tackling Tobacco Waste: The Kick Butts Collaborative

Say hello to the Kick Butts Collaborative. We are a collective in Western New and the Great Lakes basin including Buffalo-Niagara Waterkeeper, Buffalo Niagara Greenway, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Buffalo Sewer Authority, Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, Community Canvases, Hamburg Butt Kickers, WNY Trash Mob, City of Buffalo Reuse and Recycling, Buffalo-Niagara … Continued
June
21

WNY Youth Rally To Remove Flavors

On May 19, teen leaders from Tobacco Free Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties (TF-GOW) and Tobacco-Free Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany (TF-CCA) Reality Check programs joined other youth from around New York State, as well as New Hampshire and Delaware, to call on Big Tobacco to voluntarily remove all flavors, in all their products, for all … Continued
March
28

Youth Star In Smoke-Free Movies Action

The 94th Academy Awards had many big moments. And the winner is (are in this scene): Reality Check youth champions from across Western New York. 25 students previewed this year’s ceremony with a show-stopping performance of their own—the Smoke-free Movies International Week of Action (IWOA). Lights, camera, action. Beginning March 21, 25 students from Olean … Continued
February
1

Local Youth Participate in Through With Chew Week

While youth vaping may be the topic on everyone’s lips, many high school students and adults use chew and other forms of smokeless tobacco. During Through With Chew Week, February 20-26, members of  Reality Check groups in Falconer, Olean and Fillmore, New York, will raise awareness in their schools, as well as throughout their communities, … Continued
December
31

Ten Top Photos of Our Tobacco Control Work in 2021

These 10 photos tell a story of 12 months of challenges, successes and perseverance in a year where photographs gave us glimpses of the community engagement work that often felt out of reach. The images, and the team who are a part of them, show us the power of our work toward healthier communities.
August
17

Butting In On Tobacco Product Waste

  How much pollution do littered cigarette butts cause? Leaders from Tobacco-Free Roswell Park,  Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper and The Buffalo Sewer Authority joined community advocates and environmentalists at Broderick Park on August 18 to discuss the problem, as well how individuals and communities across Western New York can come together to be part of the … Continued
June
29

Wyoming Co. Horse Farm Becomes A ‘Tobacco Free Zone’

Tina Wolcott doesn’t want her horses inhaling secondhand smoke. She also wants safety for her family, employees, volunteers, visitors and other trusted furbabies who roam both her Wyoming County farm and barn. That’s why she contacted Tobacco-Free Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties (TF-GOW) recently and declared her stable and surrounding properties a tobacco free zone. … Continued
April
30

339,716 Cigarette Butts

339,716. That’s how many cigarette butts were collected in the Great Lakes Basin (including our very own Lake Erie) in volunteer cleanups in  2019. Add 44,822 cigar tips plus 1,868 other tobacco product related waste (think discarded vape pens) and you get the number one form of litter found in the Great Lakes.  You also … Continued
March
31

Listen Up: Conversations On Tobacco Products In WNY

Great science drives the conversations we have to help create healthier, tobacco-free communities across Western New York. And now we have them in podcast form. Our Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center colleagues Andrew Hyland, PhD and Maciej Goniewicz, PhD recently sat down with the American Lung Association and LUNG FORCE Walk Buffalo to discuss tobacco, … Continued
February
28

One Movie Event, Multiple Tobacco Topics

A virtual movie event on “42,” The Jackie Robinson Story, spurred a lively Instagram Live discussion on multiple tobacco issues affecting our community and nation. On February 25, Reality Check youth from Western New York joined 100+ youth and community members from across the state to honor #BlackHistoryMonth. After watching the 42, they discussed how … Continued