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What's Going On in The Zone?

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Leading the Way for a Tobacco-Free Generation

Reality Check is a youth led, adult supported movement in New York State that empowers youth to become leaders in their communities, exposing the manipulative and deceptive marketing tactics of the tobacco industry.

Producing positive change in their community!

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Make Your Property Tobacco-Free! 

We are inviting community worksites & establishments to join us in building healthier spaces and supporting people who are motivated and attempting quitting tobacco,

Implementing a tobacco-free grounds policy creates a healthy, accessible environment for everyone…and we’re here to help!

Click here to learn more!

Thank You City of Norwich for strengthening your outdoor smoking/vaping policy!

Tobacco- and vape-free parks enhance visitors' enjoyment of clean air, natural beauty and healthy activities.

Protect all park visitors from the harmful effects of exposure to secondhand smoke and aerosol emissions from vaping devices.

Local municipalities have the authority to expand the provisions set forth in the NYS Public Health Law to be more comprehensive, consistent and easier to enforce.

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Flavors, including menthol, are a key factor in drawing youth & young adults to tobacco products.

  • Flavors mask the harshness of tobacco, and nicotine addicts.

  • More than 80% of youth who have ever tried tobacco started with a flavored product.

  • Youth who initiate smoking using menthol-flavored cigarettes are more likely to become addicted and long-term daily smokers.
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Seeking to Quit?

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Our New York State Health Systems for a Tobacco Free NY partners have added free online cessation classes this year!

Click here for more info.

Check out additional resources to help you or a loved one quit tobacco.

While smoking cessation has long been important for improving health, it is perhaps even more timely now, given our current public health crisis. Experts suggest that smokers – with their compromised respiratory systems – may face increased risk of developing a serious infection from COVID-19. Quitting now decreases your vulnerability to the disease.

Attention Local Providers!

*Chenango & Cortland Counties

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The Central New York Regional Center for Tobacco Health Systems at St. Joseph's Health assists area providers in Chenango & Cortland Counties to improve the reach and delivery of evidence-based tobacco dependence treatment to residents who use tobacco products. Staff work with hospitals, community health centers, federally qualified health centers, and mental health and behavioral health service agencies, with a focus on agencies and organizations that serve people with low education, low income or mental illness.

Click here for their contact information!

*Tompkins County

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The Center for a Tobacco-Free Finger Lakes (CTFFL) at the University of Rochester Medical Center assists partners in Tompkins County to improve the reach and delivery of evidence-based tobacco dependence treatment to residents who use tobacco products. Partners include medical and behavioral health care systems, community health centers, and more!  

CTFFL provides a free training called “Train-The-Trainer” for 15 to 60 minutes at a time of your convenience. This model of training for your health system (in person or via zoom) can be scheduled by contacting CTFFL at (585) 802-9944 or via e-mail.

Click here for their website and contact info!

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