Join Us for a Screening of Black Lives/Black Lungs on October 27

TFC-DOS and SUNY Oneonta's Center for Racial Justice & Inclusive Excellence will show the short film, Black Lives, Black Lungs on Thursday, October 27th, 7pm, in the Freedom Room, Lee Hall, SUNY Oneonta, followed by a discussion. The film investigates the tobacco industry's aggressive marketing campaign launched in the 1950s to turn African Americans into menthol cigarette smokers. It worked. At the start of the campaign, only 5% of African American smokers used menthol; today, almost...

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In The News: TFC-DOS Op-Ed in The Mountain Eagle

Earlier this month, Community Engagement Coordinator, Jennifer Hill, wrote an op-ed for The Mountain Eagle ( The Schoharie News) about the harms of e-cigarettes.  Here's an excerpt: "As with regular cigarettes, the tobacco industry markets e-cigarettes primarily to youth, knowing that once youth start vaping, they will be long-time customers. Adding sweet, enticing flavors to e-cigarettes is key to addicting youth, which has prompted parents, schools, healthcare providers, and other...

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World No Tobacco Day 2022- Tobacco: Threat to our Environment

On this World No Tobacco Day, we're taking a closer look at Tobacco and it's impact on the environment. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), tobacco kills over 8 million people every year and destroys our environment,  further harming human health, through the cultivation, production, distribution, consumption, and post-consumer waste. Tobacco products are the most littered item on the planet, containing more than 7000 toxic chemicals that leak into our environment....

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No Menthol Sunday

May 15th is No Menthol Sunday, an annual initiative by The Center for Black Health & Equity (The Center), which mobilizes faith-based organizations to share information on the deadly impact of menthol-flavored tobacco on Black communities and encourage conversations around it. Because the tobacco industry has strategically and aggressively marketed menthol cigarettes to the Black community, about 85% of Black adult smokers use menthol cigarettes compared to 29% of White smokers. ...

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Mural Debuting at Southside Mall This Friday

TFC-DOS will be debuting a new mural aimed at educating the greater Oneonta community about the impact of menthol-flavored tobacco products on youth. The mural will be on display at Southside Mall on April 1, which is Take Down Tobacco Day. We encourage people to take selfies with the mural and stop by our table.       Take Down Tobacco Day is an annual day of action sponsored by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids that empowers people to stand up and speak out about the tobacco...

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Join us this Saturday for a Free Movie Matinee

On March 27, the Oscars will honor the best movies released in 2021.  The day before, on March 26, TFC|DOS will be hosting a free showing of one of those movies, West Side Story, which has been nominated for several awards including Best Picture.    While the audience will no doubt enjoy the acting, singing, dancing and cinematography, the reason for the viewing is to put a spotlight on smoking in movies.  A Surgeon General's report concluded that the more...

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In The News: Menthol Marketing

Our Community Engagement Coordinator, Jennifer Hill, wrote a letter to the editor about the impact of Menthol-flavored tobacco products on the African American community. The letter was published on February 24 in print editions The Freeman's Journal and Hometown Oneonta and online via allotsego.com   Read the letter below: Seventy years ago, the tobacco industry launched an aggressive marketing campaign to persuade African Americans to smoke menthol cigarettes. The industry endeared...

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November 2021 Newsletter

In November's newsletter, Tobacco Free Communities | Delaware, Otsego & Schoharie (TFC-DOS) introduces new Reality Check Youth Vicky Poon, highlights work Poon has done for Seen Enough Tobacco Day which happens every year on October 13th, and bids farewell to Youth Engagement Coordinator Christopher Bradley.  Interested in reading the newsletter to learn more? Check it out HERE.

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September 2021 Newsletter

In September's newsletter, one of Tobacco Free Communities | Delaware, Otsego & Schoharie's (TFC-DOS) staff members speaks on his former addiction to e-cigarettes, an article with new youth smoking rates is highlighted in a StatShot with the latest data from 2020, and new local businesses have joined TFC-DOS's "Be Safe. Be Kind" initiative that aims to improve public health one policy at a time.  Interested in reading the newsletter to learn more? Check it out HERE.

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