State Senator James Seward met yesterday (February 4) with students from Homer Junior High School’s Reality Check group.
Reality Check is an anti-smoking movement sponsored by the New York State Department of Health, which alerts teens to tobacco company marketing strategies and promotes teens as decision makers in their own lives, as well as role models in their communities.
The Homer students were in Albany for the annual tobacco control legislative day and youth advocate award ceremony.
They presented Senator Seward with statistics on smoking, e-cigarette use, and tobacco advertising at retail locations.
They also detailed the health and financial benefits of smoking cessation and tobacco control programs conducted by the New York State Department of Health.
“Reality Check is an effective program that educates both on the dangers of smoking to individuals and the high health cost incurred by all,” said Seward. “The program works because of the young people involved. It is especially encouraging to meet with these leaders of tomorrow who are engaged and working toward a cause they feel passionate about. I will continue to support state funding to ensure this key health initiative remains.”