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
November
8

Tobacco Control: Polling The Experts

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
October
26

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
October
17

Capture Big Tobacco’s Marketing Tactics

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
September
30

Biking the Canal For Smoke-Free Air

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