Tobacco-Free New York State educates, engages and mobilizes youth, community leaders, businesses, schools, colleges and other individuals to act to protect their communities from tobacco industry influence. By doing this, we aim to reduce exposure to tobacco and help eliminate tobacco waste. Elected officials, key leaders, youth and the community all have a key role in creating healthier and safer places to live, work, learn and play for all. 

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Youth Action

Tobacco-Free New York State empowers youth to stand up, speak out and act. Reality Check was created in 2001 and continues today as a youth-led, adult-supported movement in New York State that enables youth to become leaders in their communities, exposing the manipulative and deceptive marketing tactics of the tobacco industry. Youth leaders engage in community cleanups, assess stores that sell tobacco products and share the issues they are witnessing with decision-makers. Also, they engage and educate their communities, plan and host events that create awareness and promote lasting change for future generations.

Community Engagement

Tobacco-Free New York State engages and mobilizes communities across NY. Together, local leaders, businesses, organizations, colleges, schools, youth and other individuals take action to protect their communities from tobacco industry influence, reduce exposure to tobacco and tobacco smoke and help eliminate tobacco waste.

Connect with your local Advancing Tobacco-Free Communities Organization.

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Legislative Education

Tobacco-Free New York State provides elected officials with facts and stories that demonstrate how tobacco use and nicotine addiction are as prevalent as ever.

Elected officials are provided with the information and resources they need to make decisions that save money, reduce health inequities and save lives.

Advancing Health Equity

Tobacco-Free New York State creates opportunities for all people to live a healthy, tobacco-free life, regardless of race, level of education, income, gender identity, sexual orientation, occupation, neighborhood or disability status. We work with communities to better understand and address health disparities and inequities related to tobacco and the factors that cause these disparities.

2023 Reality Check | State Summit