August
17

Butting In On Tobacco Product Waste

  How much pollution do littered cigarette butts cause? Leaders from Tobacco-Free Roswell Park,  Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper and The Buffalo Sewer Authority joined community advocates and environmentalists at Broderick Park on August 18 to discuss the problem, as well how individuals and communities across Western New York can come together to be part of the … Continued
April
30

339,716 Cigarette Butts

339,716. That’s how many cigarette butts were collected in the Great Lakes Basin (including our very own Lake Erie) in volunteer cleanups in  2019. Add 44,822 cigar tips plus 1,868 other tobacco product related waste (think discarded vape pens) and you get the number one form of litter found in the Great Lakes.  You also … Continued
March
31

Listen Up: Conversations On Tobacco Products In WNY

Great science drives the conversations we have to help create healthier, tobacco-free communities across Western New York. And now we have them in podcast form. Our Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center colleagues Andrew Hyland, PhD and Maciej Goniewicz, PhD recently sat down with the American Lung Association and LUNG FORCE Walk Buffalo to discuss tobacco, … Continued
February
1

Roswell Park Tobacco Product Research In the News

Cancer research is a core element of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center’s mission. Our scientists in the Department of Health Behavior are focused on understanding all areas of tobacco control to help lessen the toll of cancer deaths related to tobacco use.   Andrew Hyland, PhD, chairman of the Department of Health Behavior at Roswell … Continued
October
23

WNY Teens Have Seen Enough Tobacco

Reality Check (RC) youth from Olean, Falconer, Fillmore, Batavia and Warsaw declared Tuesday, October 13, 2020 as the fourth annual Seen Enough Tobacco (SET) Day. Their actions encouraged their communities to protect children from the billions of dollars of tobacco marketing  in places where kids can see it. The 13th was selected to underscore the … Continued
September
1

Community Engagement Continues During COVID-19

Our community engagement and youth advocacy work may have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But our commitment to reducing tobacco use in Western New York remains the same.  To reduce the risk to communities and our staff, here are some ways we’re interacting with our new normal (which like yours, changes by the day). … Continued
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 tobacco industry’s … 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