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
August
31

What We Did On Our Summer Non-Vacation

Reducing tobacco use and preventing new folks from lighting up never takes a summer vacation. It’s not like we were changed to our desks, though. We joined our Reality Check youth in communities across Western New York in making healthy changes for all. Here are the top five things we did, with a lot of … Continued
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