The Reality Check & Tobacco Free Delaware, Otsego & Schoharie Counties is one of 25 statewide Advancing Tobacco-Free Communities contractors working to change the community environment and support New York State's tobacco-free norm. Reality Check & Tobacco Free Delaware, Otsego & Schoharie Counties are funded by a grant from the New York State Bureau of Tobacco Control awarded to the Research Foundation at SUNY Cobleskill.
The New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Tobacco Control funds Reality Check & Tobacco Free Communities Delaware, Otsego & Schoharie Counties to increase support for New York State’s tobacco-free norm through youth action and community engagement.
Efforts are evidence-based, policy-driven, and cost-effective approaches that decrease youth tobacco use, motivate adult smokers to quit and eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke. Reality Check & Tobacco Free Communities Delaware, Otsego & Schoharie Counties is part of SUNY Cobleskill | Research Foundation.
• Reduce the negative impact of tobacco product marketing and price promotions on youth and adults at the point of sale.
• Promote policies that reduce tobacco use imagery in youth-rated movies, on the internet and in social media.
• Increase the number of local laws and voluntary policies that prohibit tobacco use in outdoor areas.
• Decrease secondhand smoke exposure in multi-unit housing, with an emphasis on policies that protect the health of low-income residents.
This year the theme of the Reality Check youth summit is “ iAM Building a Tobacco Free Generation”. Workshops will bring forth the personal skills and talents each teen possesses to help them grow as a leader within their community. Youth will also get hands on knowledge for creating impactful tobacco awareness events.
They offer you glamour,
They promise you pleasure,
But evil can hide in a smile or a dare.
Their ads are appealing,
The slogans have feeling.
They just want your money and then they don't care!
They want to distract you
With scenes that attract you.
The smart and the strong can resist to the end.
Their message - alluring,
It seems reassuring,
But can you detect who's a foe or a friend?
And we can just wonder
How many will blunder
And how many others will turn from their lies.
They hope you're not thinking
So sales won't be shrinking -
A child takes the torch as an old smoker dies.
The Evidence is Clear Watch this video and see if you agree that Kids Have Seen Enough! - Please note statistics have changed since this originally aired