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TACFL Coalition Plans for 2017-2018
Coalition members gathered to discuss collaborative opportunities in our communities. Jerry Bennett from the Finger Lakes Prevention Resource Center facilitated a brainstorming session to identify potential partners for the coming year. Thank you to everyone who participated in this planning session.
If you have ideas that you would like to share with our coalition, please contact us. Contact information can be found at the end of this newsletter.
Youth Attend Glowing Summit
On Tuesday, July 18th, seven Reality Check youth from the Waterloo and Penn Yan School Districts traveled to Cazenovia College in Central New York to join 150 of their peers from around the state for the annual Youth Summit.
Throughout the multi -day conference, Reality Check youth had the opportunity to develop and strengthen their public speaking and leadership skills. They attended workshops facilitated by two members from the Youth Advocacy program, “Tobacco Free Kids.” The informational workshops included topics such as, “Mastering the Media and “Messaging Matters.” The youth carried out tobacco free themed activities such as, “Chalk the Walk,” “Cigarette Butts Pick -Up” and “Cups in the Fence” (Tobacco fact messages). They also had the opportunity to be interviewed by local media. They were inspired by national youth speakers, all aimed at helping them achieve their tobacco free generation goals. This three day event ended with a crowd pleasing performance from motivational speaker and song writer, Jared Campbell.
Reality Check participants made plans to continue the fight against the tobacco industry’s influences back home in their communities.
Pictured left to right: Stephanie Gatesman, Zach Pascarella, Victoria DeLacruz, Alexa Hyer, Alexis Condrey, Kimberly Page, David McCarthy, Wyatt Condrey, Brigid Heenan
Tobacco Free Outdoor Policies
Faith United Methodist Church in Wolcott, Wayne County
Pictured left to right: Eunice Kim – Pastor, Penny Gugino – Director, TACFL, and Richard Lewis, Trustee.
Newark Pilots Baseball Field – Colburn Park
Newark, Wayne County
Every year, a phone survey is completed for two out of the four counties covered by the Tobacco Action Coalition of the Finger Lakes (TACFL) to collect tobacco-related information. In 2016, the survey was conducted for Yates and Ontario Counties. The data is used to plan and advocate for future initiatives, and it assess the visibility of TACFL in the community. The survey is approximately 3 questions and is organized into 9 categories of tobacco-related attitudes, opinions, and behaviors. An electronic copy of the results can be obtained by contacting our Manager of Community Engagement (Brigid.Heenan@lung.org), but you can look at sample of the graphs below.
Seen Enough Tobacco
The average age of a new smoker in New York State is 13 years old, and about 90% of smokers start before the age of 18. Youth are exposed to tobacco marketing and imagery on almost a daily basis, because the tobacco industry spends billions of dollars to advertise their products. In 2012, the US tobacco industry spent $9.5 billion on marketing cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. This advertising is concentrated in places where 75% of teens shop at least once a week. In fact, tobacco retailers located near schools have 3 times the amount of tobacco marketing than other stores. The tobacco industry uses bright colors, discounts, and big signs to catch the attention of youth, and the more that youth are exposed to tobacco marketing, the more likely they are to start smoking.