We rely on community members’ engagement in our efforts to effect change and we’ve seen firsthand the power of our collective voice. No matter how big or small, every individual contribution makes a difference in helping us realize our tobacco-free goals.

If you are willing to be part of the effort to reduce youth smoking and protect people from the harms of secondhand smoke, we will help you find ways that suit your interests and abilities. There are many ways for community members to help, including (but NOT limited to):


Follow us and subscribe:
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and encourage your friends and family to do the same.


Raise awareness:
Share tobacco-related information you’ve learned with friends, family members, colleagues and local elected officials. Write a letter to the editor (LTE) to your local paper about a tobacco-related issue of concern to you. You can help us to keep the message that tobacco advertising in stores increases the odds that young people will smoke at the forefront of public consciousness. 


General Info for LTE

  • Preferred that letters are less than 200 words
  • If emailing, please put letter in body of email, NOT as attachment
  • Include name, address, and daytime phone #


Tobacco Free Communities – Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie Counties Newspapers:

The Daily Star (Otsego, Delaware)
Email: letters@thedailystar.com

Times Journal (Schoharie)
Email: tjournalnews@yahoo.com

The Reporter (Delaware)
Email: editor@the-reporter.net 


Be a spokesperson: 
Have a personal story or perspective that’s media-worthy? Share your story about how tobacco has affected your life or the lives of people you care about.  Share your concerns about tobacco-related issues with local decision-makers.


Help expand our network:
Invite us to speak to a group you belong to — a civic group, faith community, youth organization, community service team — to help us connect with interested community members.  


Every action you take brings us that much closer to our goal: to create a healthier community in which we live, learn, work and play.