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
October
22

Youth in WNY Have Seen Enough Tobacco

The evidence is overwhelming. The more kids see tobacco, the more likely they are to start smoking. To help their communities see the injustice of this truth,  Reality Check teens from Western New York joined their fellow youth champions across New York State in celebrating Seen Enough Tobacco Day on October 13.   Seen Enough Tobacco Day is … Continued
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