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
June
27

Youth Summit In Java Fights For Tobacco-Free Future

Reality Check groups of Western New York recently came together at Beaver Hollow in honor of World No Tobacco Day on May 31. On the youth summit agenda were three days of ice breaking, team building, and s’more eating, just to name a few of the highlights. Group activities and workshops prepared youth advocates to … Continued
June
5

Altria Demo 2019: Youth Will Not Be ‘Fuuled’

120 teen leaders from New York State took on Altria Group executives and shareholders on May 16th. Their actions, centered outside the Richmond Convention Center, Richmond, Virginia, and areas nearby, focused on why the tobacco giant baited consumers and public health officials with the promise of withdrawing pod-based nicotine products from the market in order … Continued
April
1

Are Tobacco Ads Next To Candy In Your Stores?

Convenience stores in Allegany County, New York, are plastered with tobacco advertising. That’s what Reality  Check youth from Fillmore Central High School discovered in their recent Kick Butts Day store tour. Teen leaders  honored the national day of activism, sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and celebrated annually in March, by investigating 20 convenience stores in … Continued
March
5

Let’s Get Smoking Scenes Off Silver Screen

The stars made quite a scene on Oscar’s red carpet this year. Community health partners and Reality Check youth leaders from across Western New York upstaged them with a fashionable statement of their own: let’s get the smoking scenes of the screen. Here’s a photo gallery of our communities commemorating International Week of Action, an annual … Continued
February
11

Olean Senior Wins Youth Advocate of the Year Award

YAYA winner. That’s what we’re calling Olean High School senior Olivia Lang these days.  She was recently chosen among hundreds of fellow youth leaders as New York State’s Tobacco Control Youth Advocate of the Year. This award, sponsored by Reality Check of New York State, honors the outstanding work of the youth advocate who has led the way in advocating for … Continued
February
6

Youth Leaders to Lawmakers: Tobacco is Trouble

Reality Check managers Jonathan Chaffee and Brittany Bozzer took youth leaders from their regions to the state Capitol this week. Their mission: to talk with lawmakers about the success of the work they’ve done in their communities to lower the smoking rate. They also told state leaders about the challenges they face in trying to reduce … 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
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