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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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. Reality Check, the youth component of Advancing Tobacco Free Communities, urged teens, adults, and local and state decision-makers to get the facts and take action to protect youth from tobacco marketing in stores. At several local venues in...

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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 movies causes youth to smoke. The CDC estimates that exposure to on-screen smoking will recruit 6.4 million youth to become smokers. 50% of kid-rated movies nominated for the 2018 Academy Awards program showed smoking. Jillian Johnson shared...

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Statewide Adult Smoking Rate Saw Decline of 22 Percent From 2011

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the adult smoking rate has fallen to the lowest in New York State's recorded history as a result of the state's wide-ranging tobacco cessation and prevention efforts. The statewide adult smoking rate is 14.2 percent as of 2016, a 22 percent decline from 2011 and below the national average of 15.5 percent. "These record lows demonstrate that New York's anti-smoking efforts are working," said Governor Cuomo. "Reducing smoking -- and the death and...

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Tobacco Control Reps do a Reality Check with State Lawmakers

New York State (NYS) Tobacco Control Partners and Reality Check youth visited Albany February 6 to share their successes and focus attention on unmet needs in tobacco control efforts statewide. Throughout New York, 33.7% of those with mental illness, 27.5% with less than a high school education and 26.8% who earn less than $15,000 a year smoke cigarettes. Tobacco kills more people each year than alcohol use, illegal drug use, car accidents, homicide and HIV/AIDS combined. Representatives from...

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Reality Check Talks Tobacco with Assemblyman Miller

Tranquility Cleveland and Riley Mance, 7th grade students at Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School and Reality Check youth advocates with Advancing Tobacco Free Communities in Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties (ATFC-DOS), sat down with NYS Assemblyman Brian Miller (Assembly District 101) at his office in New Hartford last week to talk about the negative impacts of tobacco use. Linda Wegner, Program Director with ATFC-DOS and Deyanira Cisneros, Community Engagement Coordinator with...

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E-Cig Use is Skyrocketing Among NYS Youth

The good news is that due to tobacco control measures, the current smoking rate among adults in New York State is 14.2 percent. However, the bad news is that the percent of New York State youth who have ever tried and currently use e-cigarettes doubled from 2014 to 2016 according to recently released data in the NYS Youth Tobacco Survey. Electronic cigarettes and similar devices (also referred to as e-cigarettes, vape pens, mods, and e-hookahs) are the most frequently used tobacco products...

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Cobleskill’s Elm Street Apartments Latest to Go Smoke-free

A coalition of affordable housing advocates from New York State may soon launch a campaign encouraging Governor Andrew Cuomo to pass stronger rent laws and to develop additional affordable housing. Around the topic of housing advocacy, an increasing number of multi-unit housing owners and managers are protecting their tenants’ health and their investment by adopting smoke-free policies for their properties.  Property owners have gone smoke-free in order to lower maintenance costs and improve...

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