We have an opiod overdose crisis, but cigarettes still kill 15 times more people




28,200 adults in New York State die each year from smoking-related disease

Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease

The average age of a new smoker in New York State is 13 years old

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World No Tobacco Day

Every year, on May 31, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners mark “World No Tobacco Day” (WNTD), highlighting the health and additional risks associated with tobacco use. People can contribute on an individual level to making a sustainable,...

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Campus Clean-up

Campus Clean-up Uncovers Pervasive Cigarette Butt Litter Advancing Tobacco Free Communities of Delaware, Schoharie, and Otsego Counties (ATFC-DOS) participated in the 2018 SUNY Cobleskill Campus Clean-up Day on Thursday, April 26. Five student volunteers...

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Flavors Attract Kids

Dear Editor, I am concerned about the tobacco industry using flavors in their toxic products to lure kids into a lifelong addiction. Unfortunately, the tobacco industry does not stop at the use of flavors. It also uses kid-friendly packaging and...

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Continue to Fight Tobacco Addiction

Dear Editor, Did you know that tobacco use is another addiction that permeates our communities? 28,200 adults die each year statewide from smoking-related diseases. There may be an opioid overdose crisis in this country, but cigarettes still kill 15 times...

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Seen Enough Tobacco Presentation at Sidney Library

Smoking is still a problem. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in New York State, killing 28,200 individuals every year. Learn more about tobacco issues and ways to create healthier communities by attending the Seen Enough...

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Living Healthier Expo a Tobacco-Free Success

In celebration and recognition of National Public Health Week, the Otsego County Department of Health organized and held a Living Healthier Expo on April 7 and 8, 2018 at the Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta. Advancing Tobacco Free Communities...

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Reality Check Kicks Butt

On March 21, Kick Butts Day, Reality Check youth advocates across New York State called on communities to pave the way to a tobacco-free generation. Each year the national tobacco-free day aims to increase awareness about the problem of tobacco use....

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We’ve Seen Enough Smoking in Movies

Reality Check, the youth program of Advancing Tobacco Free Communities, hosted a family movie event in Cobleskill recently. Megan Kemraj advocated to reduce smoking in youth-rated movies. In 2012, the U.S. Surgeon General concluded that smoking imagery in...

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