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Middleburgh Pharmacy Promotes Healthy, Tobacco-free Living

Peter Camporese, the owner of the newly opened Middleburgh Pharmacy & Medical Supplies at Middleburgh Meadows is committed to providing a high quality of life for everyone who patronizes his retail establishment and services. Because the sale of tobacco products that are deadly and addictive when used as directed runs counter to the services provided by the pharmacy, the sale of all tobacco products and paraphernalia is prohibited. Peter recently worked with Advancing Tobacco Free...

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Reality Check Speaks Out at Altria

Despite the 80-degree temperatures in Richmond, VA on Thursday, May 17, a cold front passed through downtown just in time for the Altria Group shareholders annual meeting. The icy blast, expected to storm through the area around the Richmond Convention Center, included 60 youth from Reality Check New York and No Limits Nebraska carrying snowmen puppets and ice cube shaped balloons. This winter of discontent, a third annual pilgrimage for the Reality Check teens from across New York State, was...

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Catholic Charities Restricts Tobacco Use at Cobleskill Office

Catholic Charities is committed to creating a safe and healthy work environment for all employees and individuals and families served by the agency. The agency recently worked with Advancing Tobacco Free Communities in Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties to develop a policy for its Cobleskill office at 489 West Main Street. Catholic Charites will maintain tobacco-free grounds with the exception of a specific area designated for tobacco use. All employees, volunteers, clients and visitors...

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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, tobacco-free world. Individuals can commit to avoiding tobacco use altogether. Those who do use tobacco can quit the habit or seek help in doing so. Quitting will protect their health as well as others exposed to second-hand smoke, including...

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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 assisted new Reality Check/Youth Engagement Coordinator Bonnie Peck with the clean-up by flagging tobacco waste including cigarette butts, cigarillo tips, and even e-cigarette “pods” from areas around Wieting Hall and Van Wagenen Library....

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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 advertising to deceive kids into thinking their products are harmless. This, coupled with unchecked online purchasing, gets tobacco products past parents and teachers and straight into the hands of kids. All of this is a recipe for disaster. The...

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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 more people. In fact, cigarettes kill more people in the United States than alcohol, car crashes, AIDS, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined. In Schoharie County, the current smoking rate is 19.3 percent, in Delaware County it is 22.9...

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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 Tobacco public presentation at the Sidney Memorial Public Library at 8 River Street on Thursday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. Linda Wegner, Program Director of Advancing Tobacco Free Communities in Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties (ATFC-DOS),...

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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 in Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties (ATFC-DOS) had a staffed booth at the two-day event and collaborated with the Otsego County Department of Health to designate the expo as a tobacco-free event. Secondhand smoke exposure is detrimental...

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Dear Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) President

Dear Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) President, We are a group of Reality Check youth from Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School in Otsego County in upstate New York. Reality Check is the youth advocacy program of Advancing Tobacco Free Communities. We know that in 2012, the U.S. Surgeon General concluded that smoking imagery in movies causes youth to smoke. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that exposure to on-screen smoking will recruit 6.4 million youth to become...

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