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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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Tri-County Community Research Survey

Over the summer, Tobacco Free Communities | Delaware, Otsego, & Schoharie (TFC-DOS) teamed with Siena College Research Institute to conduct a tri-county Community Survey to collect the community’s opinions on various tobacco-related topics. Find the full survey here.

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September 2020 Newsletter

In September's newsletter, Tobacco Free Communities | Delaware, Otsego & Schoharie (TFC-DOS) highlighted why menthol is a deadly tobacco flavor, provided resources from the New York State Quitline for tobacco users looking to quit smoking and/or vaping, and also touched on a fun gaming opportunity for local youth that LEAF (Leatherstocking Education on Alcoholism/Addictions Foundation) and TFC-DOS partnered on to engage the youth population while also learning about addictive substances....

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August Newsletter

In August's newsletter, Tobacco Free Communities | Delaware, Otsego & Schoharie (TFC-DOS) talks about the FREE Smash Bros gaming tournament online that Leatherstocking Education on Alcoholism/Addictions Foundation's (LEAF) is hosting starting August 22nd. It creatively engages local youth while also educating them on prevention messages during the tournament. The newsletter also has an article about the increased likelihood of those in poverty and those with mental illness smoking with...

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July Newsletter

In July's newsletter, Tobacco Free Communities | Delaware, Otsego & Schoharie (TFC-DOS) references the new state laws officially in effect as of July 1st, an article interviewing Otsego County's youngest rep advisor Oliver Clark on speaking up for one's beliefs, a highlight for June's National Healthy Homes Month created by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), as well as how youth are impacted and influenced by onscreen tobacco use.  Interested in reading the...

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Reality Check and Bassett Healthcare Team Up to Dispel Vaping Myths

Bonnie Peck, Reality Check/Youth Engagement Coordinator with Advancing Tobacco Free Communities in Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties and Hannah Pizza, nurse practitioner with the Middleburgh Healthy Zone- Bassett Healthcare’s school-based health program recently teamed up to help dispel vaping myths among Middleburgh school students. At the invitation of Matthew Sloane, Middleburgh Junior and Senior High School Principal, the duo set out to educate students and staff in grades 7-12 about...

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