What do chalk and garlic have to do with reducing tobacco use in Chautauqua and Allegany Counties? A lot, it turns out.

On August 26, TF-CCA engaged students from Alfred University to educate the college community on the dangers of tobacco use by way of chalk art.  Hundreds of students participated in the interactive event, which was a collaborative effort sponsored along with Partners for Prevention in Allegany County (PPAC Central) and the Allegany Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (ACASA).

Check out the work:

Talkin’ (and chalkin’) tobacco free at Alfred University.
This message: it’s not just smoke and mirrors.





Fast forward to September 7 in Jamestown, New York. Reality Check advocates from Falconer chalked up their creative energy and tobacco free passion at the 3rd annual Great Jamestown ChalkWalk.

And the drumroll, please:

The picture says it all: Teens in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Allegany have seen enough tobacco in their state and community.

With chalking complete, our fearless team in TF-CCA, Ken Dahlgren and Jonathan Chaffee, had a good time at the Cuba Garlic Festival on September 16 and 17. Coupling their love for garlic with a passion for public health, Ken and Jon shared some stinking facts on tobacco use among teens in New York State and how the tobacco industry targets our teens at retail. Festival-goers waited with bated garlic breath to learn the truth behind tobacco.

Voted brightest tent at the Cuba Garlic Festival. The information within made light bulbs go off in many heads.