GASO Senators Hockey Game Event

GASO Senators Hockey Game Event

GASO Senators Hockey Game Event

GASO Senators Hockey Game Event

Orenda Springs Ropes Course Training

Orenda Springs Ropes Course Training

Tioga and Broome RC members at Leg. Edu. Day in Albany

Tioga and Broome RC members at Leg. Edu. Day in Albany

Ethan educating Senator Akshar on tobacco marketing in the town of Nichols

Ethan educating Senator Akshar on tobacco marketing in the town of Nichols

Regional Youth Training at SUNY Cobleskill

Regional Youth Training at SUNY Cobleskill

Reality Check

We are a group of teens across NYS targeting the tobacco industry.

OUR GOALS:

  • Expose the manipulative & deceptive marketing tactics of the tobacco industry
  • Produce change in our communities through grassroots mobilization & education
  • Empower youth to see they are more than just replacement smokers for the tobacco industry
  • Empower youth across NYS to become leaders in their community

OUR APPROACH:

  • Engage youth as leaders and activists in the movement against tobacco use and the tobacco industry.
  • Educate community members and leaders about the manipulative & deceptive marketing tactics of tobacco companies, and mobilize them to take action.
  • Engage community leaders and decision makers in support of community actions against tobacco and the tobacco industry.
  • Develop media relationships and work to acquire “earned media.”
  • Utilize the youth voice to demand support from society to hold the tobacco industry accountable for its actions and to change the social norms that support those actions.
  • Contribute to the advancement and growth of a youth action movement against the tobacco industry locally, statewide, nationally, and internationally.





OUR HISTORY:

  • Since 2001, Reality Check youth 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.
  • Reality Check is currently working with national leaders and other states to get smoking out of youth rated films. They are also working to eliminate the influence the industry has in retail stores. RC members have also had great success in working with parks and other outdoor spaces, getting them to adopt policies to become smoke-free.
  • Over the years Reality Check has been the lead voice at countless press events, meetings with legislators, town hall meetings, city council meetings, school board meetings and numerous parent group meetings. The teens have attended and participated in national conferences, held rallies all over the state and neighboring
  • states, and some have even had the unique opportunity to travel abroad.

Last updated May 11, 2017