Reality Check Celebrates Great American Smoke Out

FULTON – Reality Check members in Oswego County celebrated the  “Great American Smoke Out “ by chalking the walkway of G. Ray Bodley High School’s main entrance.

Students used chalk to outline life size paper cut out of the human body. Within each figure, students were encouraged to write about their experience with smoking, inspirational messages or any of the numerous tobacco facts provided by Reality Check.

The Fulton High School students were encouraged to participate in the chalking activity in order to gain additional knowledge about the serious health risks related to tobacco use.

Tobacco use remains the largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US.

Yet every year more than 380,000 young people under the age of 18 smoke their first cigarette.

On November 19, Reality Check was also at the Institute of Technology at Syracuse to assist students with their celebration of the “Great American Smoke out.”

Activities included: Chalking the walkway, Tobacco Related Jeopardy and other related games.

Reality Check is a youth led action movement with the main goal of exposing the advertising and marketing practices of the tobacco industry.

Reality Check of Cayuga, Onondaga and Oswego Counties is looking for youth 13 to 18 interested in making a difference in their community and across NYS.

Members meet new people, make friends, learn public speaking skills, effective communication, advocacy, and problem solving skills while having the opportunity to work along side community partners and elected officials.

Furthermore, Reality Check provides volunteer experience that can be used on college applications, resumes and employment applications.

Reality Check members meet monthly in each of the three counties for planning, training and participation in community activities.

Interested youth should contact Kathleen Knopp-Haney, RC coordinator for Cayuga, Onondaga and Oswego counties, at 315-343-2344 #23 or via email at [email protected] for an application.

Reality Check is funded by the New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Tobacco Control.