Tomorrow is a big day on our calendar. It’s the Great American Smokeout. Held every year on the third Thursday of November since 1976, it’s the official day we join the American Cancer Society to encourage tobacco users to quit for the day.


Of course, we really hope every smoker will quit forever. But we know it’s hard. So this November 17, we celebrate the first step, which is the best step in a journey towards a tobacco-free life.

We’re centering this year’s celebration around Niagara Falls, NY, a city that recently passed a tobacco-free bill designating all city buildings smokefree–both inside and out. Area youth will pick up cigarette butts on the library campus beginning at 3:00 p.m.

We couldn’t ignore the many layers of Greatness this policy proposes for Niagara Falls.

  • It’s great for the environment of this city of natural wonder, located on the Great Lakes
  • It’s great for the health of Niagara Falls’ residents, as well as visitors from around the world, and
  • It’s a great addition to the wonderful and newly restored Falls’ park system, the new Amtrak station and the improved Hyde Park Ice Pavilion that have been part of the city’s resurgence this year.
Niagara Falls Common Council unanimously approved a tobacco-free bill for all city buildings.

That’s a lot to celebrate. 

We hope you can join us at 4 p.m. at the Main Library, 1425 Main Street. The weather is promising: 55 degrees and sunny.

We hope to see you tomorrow. And so do Niagara Falls’ mayor Paul Dyster, the Reality Check youth advocates  from Niagara Falls High School, the Niagara Falls Common Council members and so many community members that make the Cataract City great, every day.