May 2021 Newsletter

In May’s newsletter, Tobacco Free Communities | Delaware, Otsego & Schoharie (TFC-DOS) highlights the NAACP's Oneonta chapter event discussing menthol's deadly impact on African Americans and the showing of the short documentary Black Lives/Black Lungs, as well as an article talking about Realty Check youth confronting the tobacco industry's deceitful marketing tactics during their annual shareholders' meeting. May 31st is also World No Tobacco Day, so TFC-DOS touches on the annual event...

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NAACP-Oneonta Event Highlights Menthol’s Deadly Impact on African Americans’ Health

NAACP-Oneonta Event Highlights  Menthol's Deadly Impact on African Americans' Health By Jennifer Hill In collaboration with Oneonta's NAACP chapter, Tobacco Free Communities: Delaware, Otsego & Schoharie (TFC-DOS) staff presented Black Lives/Black Lungs, a short documentary which critically examines the tobacco industry's aggressive marketing of menthol cigarettes to African Americans and its deadly effects, at the NAACP's May 13th virtual meeting, followed by...

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It’s Not Just Campaign

  May 16th is No Menthol Sunday and in collaboration with our statewide tobacco control partners, we’re launching a new statewide initiative that aims to put a spotlight on how the tobacco industry has aggressively marketed menthol products to African Americans.1,2 The “It’s Not Just” campaign launches regionally and statewide today and is focused on ending the misconception that menthol is just a flavor. It’s not just a flavor but an injustice that is disproportionately...

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April 2021 Newsletter

In April's newsletter, Tobacco Free Communities | Delaware, Otsego & Schoharie (TFC-DOS) touches on e-cigarette waste and its harmful impact on the environment in relation to Earth Day, plugs the New York State Smoker's Quitline, and highlights tobacco use in film surrounding the annual International Week of Action in conjunction with the 2021 Oscar's. Interested in reading the newsletter in full? Check it out here.

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March 2021 Newsletter

In March's newsletter, Tobacco Free Communities | Delaware, Otsego & Schoharie (TFC-DOS) talks about the Tobacco Free Outdoors initiative aiding The George Landis Arboretum (Schoharie County), among others, into adapting a tobacco-free policy. The newsletter also highlights the upcoming Take Down Tobacco Day which is happening April 1, emphasizing how tobacco marketing is no joke. Interested in reading the newsletter in full? Check it out here.

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February 2021 Newsletter

In February's newsletter, Tobacco Free Communities | Delaware, Otsego & Schoharie (TFC-DOS) touched on how and why menthol is used to target the Black population, also including a 15-minute documentary link called Black Lives, Black Lungs that explains how the tobacco industry transformed in “the African Americanization of menthol cigarettes.” The newsletter also includes a short article on how the global pandemic, COVID-19, has offered opportunities for youth vapers to quit. ...

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TFC-DOS Teams with Cancer Services on Op-Ed

Community Engagement Coordinator Jennifer Hill partnered with Public Education and Community Outreach Specialist Cali Riese from the Central Region Cancer Services Program to write an op-ed about cancer and tobacco use in the times of COVID-19. The article offers important information and statistics regarding cancer screening and tobacco use, as well as resources to utilize especially during the global pandemic. The op-ed was published in The Daily Star and can be read here.

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December 2020 Newsletter

In December's newsletter, Tobacco Free Communities | Delaware, Otsego & Schoharie (TFC-DOS) reflects on 2020 and all the accomplishments we've had in the midst of what is arguably the biggest public health crisis of our lifetimes. The newsletter also talks about how the tobacco industry uses rural Americans' core values against them, as well as providing information on how businesses can partner with TFC-DOS on the "Be Safe. Be Kind" initiative.  Interested in reading the newsletter...

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November 2020 Newsletter

In November's newsletter, Tobacco Free Communities | Delaware, Otsego & Schoharie (TFC-DOS) writes about the majority of tri-county residents supporting smoke-free towns based on the Community Survey done with Siena College Research Institute, which can be read here. TFC-DOS's "Be Safe. Be Kind" initiative also allowed opportunities to partner with local businesses, and an interview was done between Community Engagement Coordinator Jennifer Hill and Wise Guy Sammy's owner Mike Joubert. You...

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October 2020 Newsletter

In October's newsletter, Tobacco Free Communities | Delaware, Otsego & Schoharie (TFC-DOS) emphasizes the importance of tobacco-free colleges, shares the brand new Tobacco-Free signs supplied to the Village of Cooperstown in Otsego County for multiple locations including Lakefront, Council Rock, Pioneer, Fairy Spring, Three Mile Point, and Badger Park, and reflects on the scary truth about tobacco marketing; especially for youth and targeted communities of color. Interested in reading the...

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