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


Tobacco Control: Polling The Experts

Tobacco-Free WNY Director Anthony Billoni at the polls bright and early to cast his vote.

Finally, it’s Election Day. As Americans head off to the polls, we polled some of our tobacco control experts across Western New York to learn what issues are most important to them as they campaign for reducing tobacco use in their communities every day. Here’s how they voted: Lindsay Amico, Youth Outreach Coordinator for Reality … Continued


Don’t Be Tricked: Flavored Tobacco Is No Treat


Mint, cherry, apple, chocolate and grape. These are the candy flavors many Western New York youth will get while trick-or-treating this Halloween. They are also the same flavors our teens see in flavored tobacco products near the candy at convenience stores and gas stations across New York. How haunting is it that the tobacco sellers are trying to … Continued


Capture Big Tobacco’s Marketing Tactics

Just one example of how Big Tobacco markets to youth at the point of sale.

Reality Check (RC) advocates love taking pictures of the tobacco industry’s deceitful tactics in store. So what better way to keep them engaged (and avoiding the summer brain drain) than inviting them to participate in Counter Tobacco’s 2016 photo contest, an annual event focused on exposing Big Tobacco’s Marketing Tactics at retail.  Our young changemakers submitted photos … Continued


Biking the Canal For Smoke-Free Air

Reality Check advocates Ben Streeter, Kyrsta Hansen, Robert Torrez and Shashona MacPhee with Trailside Bikes owner Christopher VanDusen.

Preserving, protecting and sharing the natural beauty of our precious waterways are a key focus for all Western New Yorkers. That’s why Reality Check youth in Genesee and Orleans counties recently took part in the first annual Bike the Canal for a Tobacco-Free Generation event. The Reality Check group, which is focused on educating their … Continued


How One Teen Got A Reality Check This Summer

My Gold medal Reality Check moment

by Nora Galley, Erie-Niagara Reality Check Advocate and Mount Mercy Academy Junior I was very motivated to make the summer between my Sophomore and Junior years of high school one of the best yet. This summer, like the past 13, I spent a week in Allegany State Park with my family. I love hiking, swimming and … Continued


5 Reasons Raising Age To Purchase Tobacco To 21 Is A Win

Olean student Taylor Shearer testified in Tobacco 21 hearing.

Young folks in Cattaraugus County have to wait a few more years to light up. The Southern Tier county is joining a number of communities in New York State to increase the legal age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21 years old.  Students, advocates and doctors call it a big win. They say … Continued


Smoke-Free Niagara Falls Will Do Wonders


Niagara Falls is undoubtedly one of the world’s most beautiful natural wonders. City Council members on the U.S. side know and cherish that designation. That’s why they voted unanimously last Tuesday to pass a smoke-free resolution for all the city’s municipal properties.  City Councilman Ezra P. Scott, Jr. announced the victory in an interview at Roswell Park Cancer … Continued


Smokin’ Labor Day Fest (Minus Tobacco)


The only smoke in the air at this year’s 37th annual Labor Day Festival in Jamestown Sunday was generated from a barbecue chicken pit. That’s because the use of tobacco and related products is now prohibited in all city of Jamestown parks and property. Back in March 2016, the city council voted 6 to 1 in … Continued


Our Kids Have #SeenEnoughTobacco


Our youth have seen enough tobacco marketing. That’s because tobacco companies are spending billions to put their products in front of our kids in stores. And the more kids see tobacco, the more likely they are to start smoking. To protect our children from the billions of dollars of vivid tobacco marketing in places where they … Continued