June
18

We Heart West Seneca

We share a passion for smoke-free air with yet another town in Western New York: West Seneca. Thanks to the efforts of the town board, and supervisor Sheila Meegan, all playgrounds, parks and town-owned properties are now smoke free. And the signs are going up to prove it.   Town officials will be placing signs … 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
February
9

Top 6 Messages for Legislative Day

Reality Check students from all nine counties of Western New York joined 200+ youth advocates from around the state at the Capitol building for Tobacco Control Legislative Day on Tuesday, February 6.  Their single most important message to elected officials: We’ve had many successes (smoking rates are down overall) but the fight isn’t over. Here’s … Continued
February
2

7 Reasons January Rocked

January is over–we can’t believe it, either!  We rang it in with New Year’s resolutions and rocked it out with these top 7 successes toward building a tobacco-free generation.  Number 1.  Proposed ban, protecting kids. Our Tobacco-Free Erie-Niagara (TFEN) team supported Erie County legislator Patrick Burke in proposing a county law that would ban smoking … Continued
August
10

A Tobacco-Free Taste of the Fair

It’s Erie County Fair time, folks. Time to enjoy all the sounds, sights and tastes of the one of the largest county fairs in America. Good news…now you can enjoy all the culinary concoctions served up in the comfort and safety of a smoke-free dining area. Our team was on the scene this morning getting a … Continued
June
6

Fighting Tobacco Giant Philip Morris USA

    “Hey, hey. Ho, ho. Big Tobacco has got to go.” That’s what 50 Reality Check advocates from across New York State chanted outside as  the top executive for tobacco giant Altria Group USA told its shareholders on Thursday May 18 that the company had “another outstanding year” in 2016.  “Our business fundamentals remain strong,” … Continued
April
25

Cleaning Up on World’s Most Littered Item

If the Earth could talk, what would she say? Would she say, “I am here for you to enjoy fresh air, green parks and sandy beaches?” Or would she say, “Hey, you with the cigarette. Don’t dump your gross butts on me?” Whatever Mother Earth would say, Reality Check advocates from Falconer Central and Olean … Continued
April
6

Reality Check: We Want A Smoke-Free Scene

A 5 a.m. wake up call for a teen on a Saturday morning can be quite the battle. It wasn’t, however, a big fight for the 100+ Reality Check teens from Western and Central New York who rose to the occasion to promote smoke free movies in Toronto. After a two-hour bus ride and careful Customs and Border … Continued
March
31

New Learnings In Tobacco Control

Last week 2000+ public health practitioners met in Austin, Texas. No, not for Texas BBQ or a visit to the LBJ museum (although they managed to get that in, too after sessions). They joined forces for the 2017 the premier gathering of the U.S. tobacco control movement. We asked our staff to share their most … Continued
March
1

Our Take on Oscars’ 2017 Mistake

The Oscars kept viewers guessing all the way to the end this year — and even after it — with “Moonlight” coming in as a surprise best picture winner after the award was mistakenly given to “La La Land” first. Sure, mistakes happen. One stupid mistake didn’t ruin the whole show. (or does it?) To … Continued