OSWEGO – Reality Check of Cayuga, Onondaga and Oswego counties will hold a “We’ve Seen Enough” campaign on September 10 as part of the Oswego Farmers’ Market.
The “We’ve Seen Enough” campaign underscores the necessity for changing how tobacco products are marketed in stores.
When children and teens walk into a store and are bombarded with tobacco products and ads that are colorful and large in size, it begins to normalize tobacco use.
It is proven that the more tobacco advertisements kids see, the more they smoke.
Reality Check works to change the way tobacco is marketed by pursuing policies regarding tobacco marketing in pharmacies, limiting the number of tobacco sale licenses in a community or near a school, and restricting price discounting.
Utilizing visual props with a compelling message, Reality Check members will demonstrate their commitment to preventing kids from smoking and using other tobacco products by sharing with them the truth that is known about the tobacco industry and their marketing.
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 is an opportunity to meet new people, make friends and build experience for your college applications and your resume. Reality Check members learn public speaking skills, effective communication, advocacy and problem solving skills and have the opportunity to work along side adult partners.
Most importantly, Reality Check gives youth the opportunity to make a difference in their community and across NYS.
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, Reality Check coordinator, 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, through Bureau of Tobacco Control.