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 in cars with kids under 16 inside. See news coverage. 

TFWNY Director, Anthony Billoni, emphasizes the importance of protecting our children before inviting Dr. Mark Travers to the podium to present scientific evidence supporting the ban.

Number 2. Spotlight on Lindsay Amico.  TFEN’s Reality Check youth coordinator was honored as January’s BN360 Spotlight Professional.  The recognition, awarded by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, highlights rising young professionals who are  impacting change in our community. Click here to learn more.

Number 3. A GLOWing new youth leader. We proudly introduced Brittany Bozzer as the Reality Check coordinator in Tobacco-Free GLOW. She made a big start by visiting with four- and five-year-olds at the Cattaraugus Wyoming Project Head Start. Brittany read a storybook called Jack and Jill (and Tobacco), which describes children’s encounters with tobacco marketing in convenience stores.

Brittany Bozzer gets a head start with educating children on the dangers of tobacco use.

Number 4.  Change is on board. Youth advocates from Niagara Falls High School presented hard facts on tobacco retailers (and the marketing inside) to the Board of Education. The Board drafted a resolution supporting them as they seek a point-of-sale policy limiting tobacco advertising from the Niagara Falls City Council.

Number 5. E-cigarette news. One of our research scientists (and colleagues) from Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Maciej Goniewicz was one of the authors of a new, comprehensive report on the health effects of e-cigarettes.

Number 6, Green Code Turns One. We celebrated the first anniversary of  the signing ceremony for Buffalo’s Green Code on January 3. Read how this new city zoning overhaul has already helped lessen the number of tobacco retail outlets in Buffalo’s Riverside neighborhood.Read the Buffalo News story.

Number 7. Albany, here we come. Teams in all 3 of our regions (TF-EN, TF-CCA and TF-GLOW) spent January prepping Reality Check advocates for Legislative Day in Albany. Select youth will meet with their New York State elected officials and talk about the work they do to prevent tobacco use in their communities.

Abby Procter, along with fellow Reality Check youth from Cattaraugus and Chautauqua County ask Senator Young for her support.

Thanks for checking in. Until next time, let’s work together for healthier communities.