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Cortland Senior Recognized For Anti-Tobacco Efforts

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Sara Hubbard and Kelsey Gibbons in Albany (photo provided)

Last week a small group of Cortland High students met at the Capitol with state representatives from the Cortland area on behalf of Tobacco Free Zone and Reality Check.

Students like Kelsey Gibbons and Sara Hubbard were also allowed to spend a few minutes on the Assembly floor.

The group met with Assembly members Barbara Lifton and Gary Finch, as well as State Senator James Seward.

Cortland teacher Kat Chambers and Cortland Reality Check Coordinator Melissa Potter accompanied the students.

“State-funded Tobacco Control Programs prevent youth tobacco use and reduce adult smoking rates and ultimately save lives and millions of state tax dollars,” said Melissa Potter, Reality Check Coordinator for Cortland and Tompkins Counties. “But, as this data about New Yorkers with low income, low education, mental illness and youth tobacco use show, when it comes to deadly and addictive tobacco use, the fight to save their lives isn’t over.”

According to a statement provided by Reality Check, “I see classmates using electronic cigarettes much more frequently than regular cigarettes.” said Sara Hubbard, Cortland High School Reality Check Youth Leader “As a Reality Check youth this is alarming as my peers don’t realize that using these products are harmful.”

During the visit to Albany, Cortland Senior Kelsey Gibbons was recognized with an Honorable Mention for Youth Advocate of the Year 2018. She received an award and was named in a resolution from NYS Assembly.

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