August
31

What We Did On Our Summer Non-Vacation

Reducing tobacco use and preventing new folks from lighting up never takes a summer vacation. It’s not like we were changed to our desks, though. We joined our Reality Check youth in communities across Western New York in making healthy changes for all. Here are the top five things we did, with a lot of … Continued
July
23

Teens Rally To Stop Targeted Tobacco Marketing

150 Reality Check youth leaders from across New York State (12 repping Western New York). All rallying around the issue that major tobacco companies spend an average of $1 million+ every hour marketing their products to youth. In 90+ degree temps. These numbers tell only a part of the story. View more: This story does not end  … Continued
July
3

July 4th: Celebrating Freedom From Tobacco

We celebrate freedom every day. Freedom from tobacco, that is. But on the 4th of July, we celebrate it even more.  Between family barbecues and firework blasts, we celebrate all the laws that have been passed that allow freedom from secondhand smoke. We celebrate the freedom to speak out against Big Tobacco and their deceitful marketing tactics, … Continued
June
18

We Heart West Seneca

We share a passion for smoke-free air with yet another town in Western New York: West Seneca. Thanks to the efforts of the town board, and supervisor Sheila Meegan, all playgrounds, parks and town-owned properties are now smoke free. And the signs are going up to prove it.   Town officials will be placing signs … Continued
June
5

World No Tobacco Day: WNY Style

Tobacco use is a leading cause of preventable death and disease worldwide, killing more than 7 million people each year globally, including 480,000 adults in the United States and 28,200 right here in New York State. This local and global death toll is so concerning that the World Health Organization (WHO) has designated an annual … Continued
May
23

Altria Group: Stop Targeting Teens

60 youth from Reality Check of New York and No Limits Nebraska stormed through Richmond, VA. on May 17. The group’s goal: to tell Altria Group, the nation’s No. 1 tobacco company and owner of Marlboro maker  Philip Morris USA (PMUSA), that they’ve seen enough tobacco marketing and they want the company to stop targeting … Continued
April
24

Students Bust Butts For Earth Day

Hope y’all had a happy Earth Day. We sure did. Out of respect for Mother Earth and her precious waterways here in Buffalo, Reality Check students from Hutch Tech High School joined us in Spring Sweep 2018 sponsored by Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper. Turns out cigarette butts were one of the biggest culprits littering the banks of Scajaquada … Continued
April
17

Spring Cleaning: 5 Tips to Tobacco-Free Living

Spring breathes new life into the world around us. This spring (if you call 32 degrees spring!?), we suggest you take full advantage of new life and make a clean break from tobacco exposure. Here are 5 spring-cleaning tips that will allow you, your children, your neighbors, and the entire community, breathe the freshest air … Continued
March
27

Kicking Butts, Seizing Control

In the midst of a sunny, yet cool St. Patrick’s Day on March 17,  50+ youth activists savored the mist of the mighty Niagara Falls to speak out about  the billions of dollars of tobacco promotions in places where they and other youth can see and be influenced by them. Besides Kicking Butts ( to bring attention … Continued
February
9

Top 6 Messages for Legislative Day

Reality Check students from all nine counties of Western New York joined 200+ youth advocates from around the state at the Capitol building for Tobacco Control Legislative Day on Tuesday, February 6.  Their single most important message to elected officials: We’ve had many successes (smoking rates are down overall) but the fight isn’t over. Here’s … Continued