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
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
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
January
16

New Year, Healthier Town of Shelby

Each January, roughly one in three Americans resolve to improve their health in some way. This January, one town — the Town of Shelby in Orleans County — made good on a healthier, tobacco-free grounds resolution that will benefit the entire community for 2019 and beyond. The new law, which was drafted by newly elected … 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
July
23

Teens Rally To Stop Targeted Tobacco Marketing

150 Reality Check youth leaders from across New York State (12 repping Western New York). All rallying around the issue that major tobacco companies spend an average of $1 million+ every hour marketing their products to youth. In 90+ degree temps. These numbers tell only a part of the story. View more: This story does not end  … Continued
July
3

July 4th: Celebrating Freedom From Tobacco

We celebrate freedom every day. Freedom from tobacco, that is. But on the 4th of July, we celebrate it even more.  Between family barbecues and firework blasts, we celebrate all the laws that have been passed that allow freedom from secondhand smoke. We celebrate the freedom to speak out against Big Tobacco and their deceitful marketing tactics, … Continued
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