The Erie-Niagara Tobacco-Free Coalition, established in 1993 and located at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY, is a member of the New York State Bureau of Tobacco Control. The Coalition is a community-based organization creating a healthier Western New York with the adoption of tobacco-free initiatives. The Coalition strives to reduce retail tobacco marketing, supports property owners and tenants in creating smoke-free housing and provides technical assistance to establish tobacco-free parks, entrance ways and properties.

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Great American Smokeout 2014

December 1st, 2014

TOBACCO KILLS TOO MANY VULNERABLE NEW YORKERS

Great American Smokeout Spotlights Need to Help Low Income, Low Education or Poor Mental Health Groups

The Great American Smokeout on Thursday, November 20 reminds us annually that quitting smoking is essential for good health, but the most at-risk populations in New York haven’t been able to quit on this day or any other.

Tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable disease and death, killing nearly 24,000 New Yorkers every year and afflicting nearly 600,000 New Yorkers with serious disease directly attributable to their smoking. Tobacco is not an equal opportunity killer – there has been no reduction in smoking rates among low income adults, adults with poor mental health, and those with less than a high school education.

Western New York has some of the highest smoking rates in the state. In Erie County, the smoking rate is 26% and in Niagara country, the smoking rate is 27%.

billoni, anthony.web“The Great American Smokeout has helped bring about dramatic changes in people’s attitudes toward tobacco and smoking. These changes have led to community programs and tobacco-free policies that are now saving lives. While tobacco smoking rates have declined significantly across most of New York State, the high rates in Erie and Niagara counties demonstrate there is much work to be done,” said Anthony Billoni, Director of Tobacco-Free Western New York.

The most recent data available for New York State suggests that vulnerable populations use tobacco at nearly twice the rate of the general population. Smoking use has not declined significantly among those

  • with less than a high school diploma – one in four smoke
  • with an income below $15,000 – one in four smoke
  • who report their mental health as poor – one in three smoke.

Research shows that low income communities also are heavily targeted by the tobacco industry with marketing at retailers. Due to the clear evidence of these disparities that exist in tobacco use, tobacco control efforts are focused on strengthening community support for tobacco-free policies that help people quit and prevent youth from initiating tobacco use, particularly in communities such as Erie and Niagara counties that still have high tobacco use rates.  These efforts include encouraging policies that promote smoke-free outdoors and smoke-free housing, and policies that reduce youth exposure to tobacco marketing.

Hyland Andrew 7-25-07 (2)Community support to help smokers quit and keep kids from starting to smoke will continue to have a major impact on the health of residents of Western New York now and in the future,” said Andrew Hyland, PhD, Chair of the Department of Health Behavior at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. “We hope smokers take advantage of all the resources available throughout the year which give smokers a greater chance to successfully quit today or in the near future.”

For help quitting, talk with your doctor and for support call the New York State Smokers’ Quitline at 1-866-NY-QUITS or visit www.nysmokefree.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

Great American Smokeout Honored by Tobacco-Free WNY

December 1st, 2014

Delayed but determined. Tobacco-Free WNY programs recognize the 39th Great American Smokeout

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The Falconer Reality Check (RC) youth created posters to look like tombstones and place them in the school lobby. Way to go Tobacco Free CCA

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Olean Reality Check youth posted billboards along Wayne Street to raise awareness about the dangers of youth smoking. Congratulations

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A proclamation recognizing the Great American Smokeout was presented at the Genesee County Mental Health Association. Great Job Tobacco Free GLOW

Roswell Park Awarded $1M in Tobacco Contracts

October 23rd, 2014

Funds support comprehensive, region-wide approach to tobacco control and community education

Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) was awarded three contracts from the New York State Department of Health’s Bureau of Tobacco Control for regional tobacco control programs. Funding for the first year of the five-year contracts totals $1.05 million, supporting efforts to engage community stakeholders and area youth in changing policies and norms about tobacco and tobacco use throughout Western New York.

The programs are administered by the Department of Health Behavior at Roswell Park, under the direction of Anthony Billoni. “Each of these programs will have a regional office and locally based staff to engage and educate local leaders and the public, with a goal to strengthen tobacco-related policies and create healthier communities,” he said.

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Chautauqua Cattaraugus Allegany Tobacco Free Contract

October 23rd, 2014

Tobacco-Free CCA Awarded $325,000 Contract

Tobacco-Free Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany Program (Tobacco Free-CCA) has opened an office in Olean High School to begin its five-year contract with first year funding of $325,000. The contract from the New York State Department of Health’s Bureau of Tobacco Control is one of three awarded to Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) that will be administered under the direction of Anthony Billoni.

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Genesee, Livingston, Orleans & Wyoming County TF Contract

October 23rd, 2014

Tobacco-Free Program for Genesee Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming Counties Awarded $325,000 Contract

Tobacco-Free Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming Program (Tobacco-Free GLOW) has opened an office in Batavia to begin its five-year contract with first year funding of $325,000. The contract from the New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Tobacco Control is one of three contracts awarded to Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) and will be administered under the direction of Anthony Billoni.

The Roswell Park tobacco-free programs support efforts to locally engage community stakeholders and youth in changing policies and norms about tobacco and tobacco use. Tobacco-Free GLOW will be operated by Community Engagement Coordinator Kevin Keenan and Reality Check Youth Engagement Coordinator Angela DiRosa.

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Erie County considers E-cigarette Regulations

October 1st, 2014

The benefits of electronic cigarette regulations were considered during a public hearing hosted by a Erie County Legislative committee. Representatives from the Erie-Niagara Tobacco-Free Coalition and Roswell Park offered their comments and were quoted in the news stories below.

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Local Youth Stand Up and Speak Out on Kick Butts Day

March 17th, 2014

Youth Smoking is Still a Big Problem

The Erie-Niagara Tobacco-Free Coalition and Erie-Niagara Reality Check youth* will join tobacco control groups around the country to stand up and speak out against big tobacco on Kick Butts Day, March 19.  Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth. The message: We’ve seen enough tobacco marketing.

Michael Khan, Youth Leader with the Amherst Youth Consortium and Canisius High School Senior said, “Kick Butts Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about the impact of tobacco promotions. Kids think smoking is okay because they see tobacco marketing every day in stores that we go to, but we want to change that.” Read the rest of this entry »

Tonawanda Youth Honored for Tobacco Control Work

March 6th, 2014

BU4A2297Erie-Niagara Tobacco-Free Coalition congratulates Daniel Hyatt, a Tonawanda High School student, for receiving the Western Region Youth Advocate of the Year Award from Reality Check (RC) of New York State. The award honors Daniel for his outstanding work in taking the lead in holding tobacco companies accountable for marketing to youth. Youth who participate in the NYS Reality Check program protect their peers and their communities from the dangers of tobacco use through public education efforts, peer-to-peer training and outreach to policymakers.

NYS Reality Check also honored Matthew Jones, Central Region; Kalie White, Capital Region; and the NYS award went to Charles Mazzeo from the NY city region.

Daniel also was recognized with a New York State Assembly proclamation from the 145th Assembly District. Presented by Assemblyman John Ceretto along with NYS Assembly members Jane Corwin, Mickey Kearns, and Ray Walter, the proclamation said, “Daniel’s hard work on behalf of a cause he believes in is admirable and a positive example for his peers. He is well deserving of the recognition.”

Reality Check Youth Action Programs educate and train teens to become leaders in their communities and to uniquely communicate their perspective on tobacco marketing.

 

 

 

 

Helping Smokers To Quit

February 27th, 2014

Hyland Andrew 7-25-07 (2)Andrew Hyland, PhD, Chair of the Department of Health Behavior at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Director of the New York State Smokers’ Quitline:

“Since 2000, the NYS Smokers’ Quitline has helped hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers to quit. We know that more than one-half of those using Quitline services are Medicaid recipients or uninsured. Many callers are heavy smokers and are often coping with chronic diseases. They receive help through the Quitline that they might otherwise not be able access or afford.  The Quitline offers one-on-one stop smoking sessions by trained Quit Coaches and free starter kits of nicotine patches. The Quitline provides a vital life-line to those seeking to stop smoking.”

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Tobacco Control Program Saves Lives; Saves Dollars

February 20th, 2014

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New Yorkers Still Want and Need Our Help

The New York State (NYS) Tobacco Control Program (TCP) has been proven to reduce youth smoking and help current smokers to quit. That is the message hundreds of tobacco control leaders from every county in NYS will carried to Albany on February 12, 2014. These representatives provided information to state lawmakers about state-funded tobacco control programs that help reduce the burden caused by tobacco, thus saving lives and state tax dollars.

New York State legislators were invited to visit the Well in the Legislative Office Building where tobacco control representatives were joined by volunteer youth leaders. These representatives answered questions, offered resources and gave demonstrations about effective tobacco prevention programs being delivered to communities from Buffalo to Binghamton to the Bronx. Read the rest of this entry »

50th Anniversary of U.S. Surgeon General’s Report

January 21st, 2014

Cancer center, collaborators create historical display to be shown as part of commemorations in nation’s capital

From its seminal studies in the first half of the 20th century linking tobacco use and cancer incidence to its latest findings on electronic cigarettes, Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) has been a major force in tobacco-control research. So as the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the first U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health, issued in January 1964, faculty from RPCI’s Department of Health Behavior are drawing attention to the major gains from the last half-century in our understanding of how tobacco impacts health — and to the challenges that still face the international public-health community in regard to use and regulation of tobacco products.

“Our knowledge of how smoking affects the body has increased exponentially over the last five decades, and we’ve made tremendous advances in understanding the addictive power of nicotine,” said Andrew Hyland, PhD, Chair of the Department of Health Behavior at the comprehensive cancer center. “But really, we’ve just scratched the surface in terms of implications for public policy.” Read the rest of this entry »

Smoke-free events hosted by Elmwood Village

January 2nd, 2014

Elmwood Village Association adopted a tobacco-free policy for its 2013 summer concert series and the Elmwood Bidwell Farmers market.

Tobacco-free outdoor concerts were welcomed by the families and music lovers of all ages who enjoyed these special community events.

Carly Battin, Executive Director of the Elmwood Village Association talks about the success of the smoke- free program with Jenna Brinkworth of the Erie Niagara Tobacco Free Coalition.

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Tobacco Still Kills Too Many New Yorkers

November 19th, 2013

GASOWestern New Yorkers are being encouraged to give up tobacco and nonsmokers are asked to support their loved ones as they stop smoking for the 38th Great American Smokeout.

On Thursday, November 21, the date of the Smokeout, thousands of smokers around the state are expected to commit to quit smoking for 24 hours and beyond. The Erie-Niagara Tobacco-Free Coalition is teaming up with health care professionals and community leaders to spread the word that the Great American Smokeout is the day to stop smoking.

The annual event has been going strong since the 1970s, when the American Cancer Society (ACS) first urged smokers across the United States to use the date to make a plan to stop smoking.

“We’ve made substantial progress in the fight against tobacco since 1954, when an American Cancer Society study confirmed the link between smoking and lung cancer,” said JoAnna Jacob, Senior Representative, Community Engagement at the American Cancer Society.  “However, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. Quitting smoking can save your life, and the Great American Smokeout is a great way to start.”

Western New York has some of the highest smoking rates in the state. In Erie County, the smoking rate is 26% and in Niagara country, the smoking rate is 27%. Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein said, “Tobacco takes a huge toll on Erie County residents. Smoking is the major cause of lung cancer, contributing to 80% of lung cancer deaths in women and 90% of lung cancer deaths in men. Tobacco also is an important risk for myocardial infarction and other coronary events. Quitting smoking at any age will help reduce the health risks associated with tobacco use.”

The Great American Smokeout also is an opportunity to raise awareness about the many local programs that help to create tobacco-free communities.

“Communities can de-normalize tobacco by using the resources offered by organizations such as the Erie-Niagara Tobacco-Free Coalition and the services of the New York State Smokers’ Quitline – both of which are located at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI). These organizations, using evidence-based approaches, guide community leaders with technical advice on creating strong tobacco-free laws and programs to help smokers,” added Andrew Hyland, PhD, Chair of the Department of Health Behavior at Roswell Park.

Anthony Billoni, Director of the Erie-Niagara Tobacco-Free Coalition, continued, “The Great American Smokeout has helped bring about dramatic changes in people’s attitudes toward tobacco and smoking. These changes have led to community programs and tobacco-free laws that are now saving lives. While tobacco smoking rates have declined significantly across most of New York State, the high rates in Erie and Niagara counties demonstrate there is much work to be done.”

Important facts about tobacco:

  • More than 25,000 New Yorkers die prematurely every year due to tobacco use
  • Exposure to secondhand smoke kills an additional 2,500 people
  • More than a half a million New Yorkers are suffering with serious diseases caused by smoking
  • Tobacco use costs New Yorkers more than $8 billion in health care costs, including $2.7 billion in Medicaid costs
  • 60 percent of cancers could be avoided if people stopped using tobacco.
  • Despite significant drops in the youth smoking rate, there are still more than 100,000 high school students who smoke in New York State and every year nearly 20,000 kids become new daily smokers.

For information and help to stop smoking, visit the New York State Smokers’ Quitline website at www.nysmokefree.com or call 1-866-NY-QUITS.

The Erie-Niagara Tobacco-Free Coalition, established in 1993 and located at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY, is a member of the New York State Tobacco Control Program is  a community-based organization creating a healthier Western New York with the adoption of tobacco-free initiatives. The Coalition strives to reduce retail tobacco marketing, supports property owners and tenants in creating smoke-free housing, and provides technical assistance to establish tobacco-free parks, entrance ways and properties. To learn more, visit our website, friend us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

About RPCI:

The mission of Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. Founded in 1898, RPCI is one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. The Institute is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit www.roswellpark.org, call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or email askrpci@roswellpark.org. Follow RPCI on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Your Friendly Tobacco Recruitment Center

October 17th, 2013

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By Anthony Billoni.

What do you see when you enter a convenience store? Maybe you are looking for a cup of coffee or perhaps a gallon of milk for dinner. Our young people see things we don’t. They see a wall behind the counter of tobacco products. Public health professionals have referred to these “power walls” inside stores as tobacco recruitment centers.

Young people who routinely visit convenience stores are more likely to smoke. The promotions inside the stores depict tobacco as sexy and cool and lead kids to believe that tobacco use is the norm and easily accessible. Read the rest of this entry »

New Voice Club: Clarence

October 9th, 2013

New Voice Club member, Clarence offers his thoughts on life lessons on tobacco use. His message to thousands of young people around Western New York, “Don’t use tobacco.”

 

Carl speaks with a new voice

September 20th, 2013

 

Carl, a cancer survivor since 2008, is an inspiration to young people in Western New York.

With his new voice, he shares his experience with more than 4,000 students each year about the dangers of tobacco use.

 

New Voice Club: Joe

September 12th, 2013

 

The New Voice Club of the Niagara Frontier is a head and neck cancer support group established in 1962.

These laryngectomy patients offer hope and inspiration with their new voices. Just listen to Joe, who smoked for 30 years and now strives to educate young people  about the dangers to tobacco.

E-cigarette use more than doubles in teens

September 6th, 2013

New CDC report finds the percent of middle and high school students using e-cigarettes doubled in one year.

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WGRZ-TV news story features comments from Coalition Director, Anthony Billoni

WGRZ story features Coalition Director Anthony Billoni

Photos from the 10th Anniversary of the Clean Indoor Air Act

September 3rd, 2013

Erie County Proclamation Celebrates 10 Years of Clean Indoor Air

August 1st, 2013

Erie County Proclamation