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 … 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
November
1

Youth (and Their Animal Friends) Stand Up to JUUL

Don’t test on animals. We all agree on that, right? No one wants sweet and defenseless cats, dogs or even hamsters being exposed to something that makes them sick–especially the animals. They get it! That’s why Doug The Pug, LouLou the Spaniel, and Randy the Camel (just to name a few) joined our Reality Check … Continued
September
24

Putting Vaping In Perspective

It’s been one month and one day since Illinois reported the first death from vaping in the U.S.  on August 23, 2019. The CDC and FDA have been working tirelessly to compile data on the hundreds of cases coming in from across the US. While they continue looking for a definitive answer on the cause … Continued
August
21

Flutterby Fest Feature: Cigarette Butt Pollution

Almost 2 miles of Elmwood Avenue were transformed for the day into an urban “Eco corridor” on August 10. The event: The first annual Flutterby Festival. The idea: To showcase environmentally friendly businesses and organizations. Our team from Tobacco-Free Roswell Park was proud to be among the groups fluttering by and through. We shared vital … Continued
March
22

NFTA Metro Kicks Butts

On March 20, National Kick Butts Day, which supports a tobacco-free environment, NFTA Metro announced an enhanced no-smoking campaign for bus shelters and rail stations.  The announcement was made during an event held at Metro’s Main/Allen rail station, which included our Tobacco-Free Roswell Park team, as well as our public health partners from the County … Continued
December
31

County Executive Signs Sweeping Tobacco Legislation Into Law

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz held a press conference in the lobby of the Scott Bieler Clinical Sciences Center at Roswell Park on December 28th. He signed the Public Health Protection Act of 2018 into law, which is deemed the most substantial anti-tobacco legislation since the passage of the Clean Air Act in 1996. The new law … Continued
October
31

Flavors: Tricks Being Treated With Research + Regulation

They come in flavors like Skittles, doughnut, chocolate and watermelon. Halloween treats, right? Wrong! They’re Big Tobacco’s tricks for getting kids hooked on their products. Tobacco companies hand their consumers (with a healthy fee, of course) sweet flavored cigars and smokeless tobacco products that are colorfully packaged just like candy. Sometimes sugary snacks and their … Continued