December
11

The Art of Fighting Big Tobacco: A Student Exhibition

Reality Check of Western New York announced winners of this year’s student art contest in honor of the Great American Smokeout (GASO) 2020. More than 30 students expressed their feelings about Big Tobacco and how tobacco and vape use impacts their community. Warsaw High School student artist Payton Howe was named the first-place winner in the … Continued
November
19

Honoring Public Health Hero, Phil Haberstro

Today, with immeasurable sadness, we mourn the loss of a true trailblazer and pioneer of tobacco control and healthier living, Phil Haberstro. Team members past and present gathered virtually to share their reflections: “Phil is one of those unsung heroes of the early, formative efforts that shaped how we do tobacco control today.” – Andy … Continued
October
23

WNY Teens Have Seen Enough Tobacco

Reality Check (RC) youth from Olean, Falconer, Fillmore, Batavia and Warsaw declared Tuesday, October 13, 2020 as the fourth annual Seen Enough Tobacco (SET) Day. Their actions encouraged their communities to protect children from the billions of dollars of tobacco marketing  in places where kids can see it. The 13th was selected to underscore the … Continued
September
1

Community Engagement Continues During COVID-19

Our community engagement and youth advocacy work may have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But our commitment to reducing tobacco use in Western New York remains the same.  To reduce the risk to communities and our staff, here are some ways we’re interacting with our new normal (which like yours, changes by the day). … Continued
June
22

New Tobacco Laws Take Effect in NYS

New York State’s ban on flavored e-cigarettes and sale of tobacco products in pharmacies took effect Monday, May 18. The bans are part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Comprehensive Tobacco Control Policy, which were included in the recent budget. “The ban on flavored nicotine vapor products will protect our children, who, thanks to the tobacco industry’s … Continued
April
30

Earth Day: Physically Distant, Socially United

While we weren’t physically together on Earth Day 2020, we were uber inspired by folks in our community who came together (6 feet apart and with safety gloves) to take action. Their mission: removing cigarette butts and speaking up for the future of our region AND planet. Boy, did Earth Day take an ironic twist … Continued
February
18

Andrew Hyland: Proposed vaping restrictions are much needed

The recent Buffalo News editorial on vaping regulations rightly draws attention to the layered and complex issue that is e-cigarette policy.   Trying to thread the needle of how to safely enable access to vaping products for adults seeking to quit cigarettes while keeping vaping products out of the hands of those under 21 is an … Continued
February
13

Falconer Students Ask Community to Help Oscar Quit

The Oscars hit the screen on February 9, but students from Falconer High School did their part on February 6 to push for a new rating system for films that include on-screen smoking. The youth, members of the school’s Reality Check group, hosted a free movie night at the Reg Lenna Center For The Arts … Continued
December
31

2019 Year In Review: Reducing Tobacco Use

We can’t move into 2020 without a look back on 2019. In this post, we share the comprehensive perspective of our acclaimed leader, Dr. Andrew Hyland. As head of the tobacco control programs at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Director of the New York State Smokers’ Quitline, and researcher who has spent 25 years working … Continued
December
18

Cigarette Santa: A Look Back

With Christmas exactly one week away, we take you back to a time when Santa was a pitch man for Big Tobacco. Once upon a time, cigarettes were a Christmas present favorite – the gift that kept on giving (cancer). While kids were busy unwrapping their dolls and toy cars, dad was opening his carton … Continued