About Reality Check

Reality Check of New York

Reality Check (RC) is the youth action component of the New York State Bureau of Tobacco Control Program, established in 2001. Since then, youth ages 13-18 from all over New York have worked hard to educate their peers, parents, legislators, community members and key decision makers on the tobacco industry’s manipulative marketing practices and how they target youth to become replacement smokers.

The teens of Reality Check have worked on numerous initiatives over the years. Reality Check was instrumental in getting tobacco ads out of certain magazines that are sent to schools and read by youth. We are working with national leaders and other states to get smoking out of youth rated films. Currently, we are also working to eliminate the influence the industry has in retail stores. Reality Check has also had great success in working with parks and other outdoor spaces, getting them to adopt policies to become smoke-free.

The Reality Check Coordinator in Chemung, Steuben and Schuyler Counties is Sam White. If you have any questions or would like to know more about Reality Check you can visit http://www.realitycheckofny.com/, contact Sam via email or call 607.737.2858 .

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