June
29

Wyoming Co. Horse Farm Becomes A ‘Tobacco Free Zone’

Tina Wolcott doesn’t want her horses inhaling secondhand smoke. She also wants safety for her family, employees, volunteers, visitors and other trusted furbabies who roam both her Wyoming County farm and barn. That’s why she contacted Tobacco-Free Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties (TF-GOW) recently and declared her stable and surrounding properties a tobacco free zone. … Continued
February
28

One Movie Event, Multiple Tobacco Topics

A virtual movie event on “42,” The Jackie Robinson Story, spurred a lively Instagram Live discussion on multiple tobacco issues affecting our community and nation. On February 25, Reality Check youth from Western New York joined 100+ youth and community members from across the state to honor #BlackHistoryMonth. After watching the 42, they discussed how … Continued
December
11

The Art of Fighting Big Tobacco: A Student Exhibition

Reality Check of Western New York announced winners of this year’s student art contest in honor of the Great American Smokeout (GASO) 2020. More than 30 students expressed their feelings about Big Tobacco and how tobacco and vape use impacts their community. Warsaw High School student artist Payton Howe was named the first-place winner in the … Continued
December
31

2019 Year In Review: Reducing Tobacco Use

We can’t move into 2020 without a look back on 2019. In this post, we share the comprehensive perspective of our acclaimed leader, Dr. Andrew Hyland. As head of the tobacco control programs at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Director of the New York State Smokers’ Quitline, and researcher who has spent 25 years working … Continued
December
18

Cigarette Santa: A Look Back

With Christmas exactly one week away, we take you back to a time when Santa was a pitch man for Big Tobacco. Once upon a time, cigarettes were a Christmas present favorite – the gift that kept on giving (cancer). While kids were busy unwrapping their dolls and toy cars, dad was opening his carton … Continued
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