We have an opiod overdose crisis, but cigarettes still kill 15 times more people




28,200 adults in New York State die each year from smoking-related disease

Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease

The average age of a new smoker in New York State is 13 years old

Information for Parents

Advancing Tobacco Free Communities-Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties works to prevent and reduce tobacco use through youth action and community engagement to change the community environment to support New York State’s tobacco-free norm. Efforts focus on reducing youth exposure to harmful tobacco marketing in retail settings, decreasing exposure to secondhand smoke in outdoor areas and multi-unit housing, and reducing smoking imagery in the media. Reality Check youth advocates have been working across New York State since 2001 to educate community leaders and their peers about the tobacco industry’s manipulative tactics to recruit youth to become the next generation of replacement smokers.

In collaboration with the Program Director and Community Engagement Coordinator, the Reality Check/Youth Engagement Coordinator assists with development, implementation and reporting of work plan initiatives and meeting program deliverables consistent with NYS Bureau of Tobacco Control’s (BTC) goals. The Reality Check/Youth Engagement Coordinator is responsible for day-to-day operations of youth action program interfacing with youth, community members, elected officials, organizations and decision makers at every level. The Reality Check/Youth Engagement Coordinator recruits, engages and motivates youth in tobacco control initiatives and helps coordinate recruitment, education and recognition events.

Bonnie Peck – Reality Check/Youth Engagement Coordinator

Office Phone: 518-255-5387

Email: peckbs@cobleskill.edu

The Policy Center is pleased to release a newly published infographic, “Flavors Drive Youth Tobacco Use.” While this infographic is focused on flavored products and youth, adolescents are not the only group impacted by flavored tobacco marketing. The Policy Center’s upcoming report will more fully discuss impacts on other groups. You may link directly to it here: https://www.tobaccopolicycenter.org/documents/FlavorInfographic.pdf

For more information about Reality Check in Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties, please contact:

Bonnie Peck – Reality Check/Youth Engagement Coordinator
O: (518)-255-5387
C: (518)-560-9810
Email: peckbs@cobleskill.edu