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Reality Check Youth Head to Albany for Legislative Day

OSWEGO – Reality Check youth and tobacco program contractors will be gathering at the Capitol on February 7 to educate lawmakers about the value of comprehensive tobacco policies in New York state.

In meetings with local Assembly members and senators, Reality Check youth and program coordinators will discuss the important tobacco prevention work being done in their communities to save lives and money.

According to Kathleen Knopp-Haney, Reality Check Coordinator, “Comprehensive tobacco control policies are important in New York State because there are 28,200 deaths in New York State each year due to smoking and thousands more living with tobacco-related illnesses. Smoking is the number one preventable cause of death and disease in New York, and although our Tobacco Control programs have reduced smoking rates, there’s more work to be done to further decrease these rates.”

The goal of the youth that participate in the legislative visits is to focus on efforts to reduce tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure. Reality Check youth strive to become the first tobacco-free generation.

This is just one of the many events Reality Check youth participate in, both county and state wide.

Reality Check is always looking for new members between the ages of 13 and 18.

Applications can be found on icpoc.org or by contacting Knopp-Haney at [email protected]

Advancing Tobacco Free Communities is a Department of Health: Bureau of Tobacco Control grant program working to change the community environment to support New York State’s tobacco-free norm.

This is accomplished through the community engagement of Tobacco Free Network of CNY and youth action of the Reality Check program to work with community members and local leaders to create environments that support tobacco-free policies.

For more information contact Tobacco Free Network of CNY directly at [email protected] or (315) 343-2344 ext 10.