June
5

World No Tobacco Day: WNY Style

Tobacco use is a leading cause of preventable death and disease worldwide, killing more than 7 million people each year globally, including 480,000 adults in the United States and 28,200 right here in New York State. This local and global death toll is so concerning that the World Health Organization (WHO) has designated an annual … Continued
May
23

Altria Group: Stop Targeting Teens

60 youth from Reality Check of New York and No Limits Nebraska stormed through Richmond, VA. on May 17. The group’s goal: to tell Altria Group, the nation’s No. 1 tobacco company and owner of Marlboro maker  Philip Morris USA (PMUSA), that they’ve seen enough tobacco marketing and they want the company to stop targeting … Continued
April
17

Spring Cleaning: 5 Tips to Tobacco-Free Living

Spring breathes new life into the world around us. This spring (if you call 32 degrees spring!?), we suggest you take full advantage of new life and make a clean break from tobacco exposure. Here are 5 spring-cleaning tips that will allow you, your children, your neighbors, and the entire community, breathe the freshest air … Continued
March
27

Kicking Butts, Seizing Control

In the midst of a sunny, yet cool St. Patrick’s Day on March 17,  50+ youth activists savored the mist of the mighty Niagara Falls to speak out about  the billions of dollars of tobacco promotions in places where they and other youth can see and be influenced by them. Besides Kicking Butts ( to bring attention … Continued
December
21

Ho, Ho, Oh NO: Holiday Flavored Vape Juice

The 12 Days of Christmas are nearly upon us. Manufacturers of e-cigarettes and e-liquids are celebrating the season by giving their true loves holiday-flavored vape juice. Although the partridge in the pear tree would rather not breathe in the harmful chemicals of secondhand vapor, we bring you five golden flavors being promoted (with company descriptors … Continued
November
29

Great American Smokeout: Randolph, MA to Randolph, NY

November, 1970. That’s when the Great American Smokeout (GASO) began in Randolph, Massachusetts. One man,  Arthur P. Mullaney, asked people to give up cigarettes for a day and donate the money they would have spent buying them to a scholarship fund. Fast forward to 2017, to areas surrounding another Randolph –Randolph, New York in the … Continued
October
3

Fighting Tobacco With Chalk and Garlic

What do chalk and garlic have to do with reducing tobacco use in Chautauqua and Allegany Counties? A lot, it turns out. On August 26, TF-CCA engaged students from Alfred University to educate the college community on the dangers of tobacco use by way of chalk art.  Hundreds of students participated in the interactive event, which … Continued
August
28

Reality Check Youth Summit

Youth from Fillmore Central and Olean High School took time out of their summer vacation to fight for a tobacco-free generation. To help them begin their fight, they attended the annual Reality Check (RC) of New York Youth Summit at Cazenovia College. “The average age of a new smoker in New York State is 13,” … Continued