What's Going On in The Zone?

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Take Action Against Unjust Marketing and Promotion of Menthol Tobacco

A statewide initiative aims to put a spotlight on how the tobacco industry has specifically targeted youth, African Americans, LGBTQ+ communities for decades with its aggressive marketing of menthol products.                               The “It’s Not Just” campaign is focused on ending the misconception that menthol is just a flavor.

It’s not just an injustice, it’s killing people.

On April 28th, 2022, the FDA proposed rules to eliminate menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. This has the potential to save many lives and reduce health disparities. However, we know the tobacco industry will do what it can to fight this measure. A measure like this hits the industry's bottom line.

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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!

Youth Summit!
August 2022 

The Youth Summit was held at Keuka College this year, and is an opportunity for Reality Check youth from across New York State to attend trainings and participate in activities that build skills in leadership, team building and self-empowerment.

Photo shows Central Region youth and coordinators celebrating their amazing time preparing to be agents of change in the community

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Seeking to Quit?

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!