April
6

Reality Check: We Want A Smoke-Free Scene

A 5 a.m. wake up call for a teen on a Saturday morning can be quite the battle. It wasn’t, however, a big fight for the 100+ Reality Check teens from Western and Central New York who rose to the occasion to promote smoke free movies in Toronto. After a two-hour bus ride and careful Customs and Border … Continued
March
31

New Learnings In Tobacco Control

Last week 2000+ public health practitioners met in Austin, Texas. No, not for Texas BBQ or a visit to the LBJ museum (although they managed to get that in, too after sessions). They joined forces for the 2017 the premier gathering of the U.S. tobacco control movement. We asked our staff to share their most … Continued
March
1

Our Take on Oscars’ 2017 Mistake

The Oscars kept viewers guessing all the way to the end this year — and even after it — with “Moonlight” coming in as a surprise best picture winner after the award was mistakenly given to “La La Land” first. Sure, mistakes happen. One stupid mistake didn’t ruin the whole show. (or does it?) To … Continued
February
13

Youth Advocates Meet With Lawmakers on Tobacco

Hannah doesn’t like that stores near her school contain nearly 3x the amount of tobacco ads than other stores. So she showed  Senator Angelo Morinello proof — photos she took this summer. And encouraged him to do something about it. Abby doesn’t like that tobacco is everywhere at her school.  “You can see chewing tobacco cans … Continued
January
27

How Western New York Youth Make Themselves Heard

2016, if nothing else, was a year of advocates making themselves  heard on important issues. These sort of actions within a free society got us thinking about our Reality Check youth advocates. And how our Tobacco-Free Western New York team channels their energy into  telling Big Tobacco what they demand. It’s a compelling story. Smoking in … Continued
January
6

Top 6 Tobacco-Free Stories of 2016

Let’s face it, it was an interesting year. From the historic presidential election to the zika virus and Hurricane Matthew, 2016 will be remembered for some time. We have many great reasons to review 2016. From mobilizing youth advocates in our GLOW region to legislating for Tobacco 21 in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties, our tobacco … Continued
December
28

The Buffalo #greencode makes healthier neighborhoods

Mark Zuckerberg tells his people at Facebook, “Done is better than perfect.”  The same can be said about the newly approved new set of zoning regulations in the city of Buffalo known as #thegreencode. More than six years, 230+ public meetings and thousands of voices heard led to what many urban planners, and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, … Continued
December
12

Planting The Seed: Tobacco-Free Parks in Olean

While some of us were putting up our Christmas tree on December 8, the Olean High School Reality Check group put up trees of their own at the Olean Mall.  In place of fresh pine needles and twinkling lights, however, the student advocate group’s tree displays two distinct kinds of trees – some dying and some alive — … Continued
November
22

Niagara Falls Coalesces Around Smoke Free

It’s always great when a community coalesces to solve a public health problem. It’s even greater when the mayor and key members of the Common Council come together and join them. That’s what happened in Niagara Falls, NY last Thursday, November 17, to bring attention to the 41st annual Great American Smokeout Led by Mayor … Continued
November
16

Great American Smokeout, Niagara Falls Style

Tomorrow is a big day on our calendar. It’s the Great American Smokeout. Held every year on the third Thursday of November since 1976, it’s the official day we join the American Cancer Society to encourage tobacco users to quit for the day. Of course, we really hope every smoker will quit forever. But we know it’s … Continued