03 | 22 | 2017

NYC Smoke-Free at Public Health Solutions Sponsors Painting and Advocacy at AMSU

Vonetta Dudley
Phone: 646-342-6923 
Bronx, NY (March 22, 2017) - On Wednesday, March 15, Reality Check, a student led program along with AMSU Alumna, Vonetta Dudley '00, MA, CHES, Bronx Reality Check student coordinator for NYC Smoke-Free at Public Health Solutions, hosted an event honoring Kick Butts Day, an international day of action against tobacco. This year, a “Painting & Advocacy” event took place in the AMSU cafeteria from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.. Last year for KBD the students did a presentation highlighting the tobacco proliferation in and around the school community. They found out there were 103 licensed tobacco outlets in the 10458 zip-code, 35 of which are within walking distance of the school. This year, using the Google map, they gave their interpretation of this problem through art and called attention to stopping the proliferation of tobacco retail and marketing. A representative from Council member Ritchie Torres office was present.
Kick Butts Day is an international day of activism sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco at more than 1,000 events planned by independent organizers across the United States and around the world.
NYC Smoke-Free – a program of Public Health Solutions, one of the country's largest public health institutes and one of New York's leading nonprofit organizations – works to end the devastating tobacco epidemic and protect the health of all New Yorkers through tobacco control policy, advocacy, and education. For over 20 years, NYC Smoke-Free – formerly the NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free City – has led community efforts to establish and expand smoke-free protections in New York City. We believe every New Yorker has the right to breathe clean, smoke-free air where they live, work, and play. For more information, please visit www.NYCSmokeFree.org.
Reality Check - a student led, adult supported program for those between the ages of 13 through 18. The statewide program is composed of multiple student run chapters’ across New York State. Each chapter works to expose the deceptive marketing tactics of the tobacco industry through education, advocacy outreach and media campaigns. For more information, go to www.reailtycheckofny.com.
Public Health Solutions - As one of the largest public health service nonprofit organizations in New York City, Public Health Solutions improves health among the city’s most vulnerable populations by tackling social, physical, and environmental factors that impact New Yorkers’ ability to thrive. Today PHS serves 200,000+ New Yorkers annually, and we support the work of more than 600 community-based nonprofit organizations. We implement innovative, cost-effective population-based health programs; conduct research providing insight on effective public health interventions; and provide services to government and other nonprofits to address public health issues. Together with our colleagues in the service sector, government, philanthropy and policy organizations, we are thought leaders and cutting-edge public health professionals in New York City and New York State. To learn more, please visit us at www.healthsolutions.org.
Academy of Mount St. Ursula - The Academy of Mount St. Ursula – founded in 1855 – is a Catholic college preparatory school that serves college bound women. AMSU instills in them a love of learning and a broader global view. Following the Ursuline tradition, students receive a strong foundation in Academics, Arts and Service. In a family atmosphere and nestled on a beautiful 10 acre campus, the school encourages students’ individual dreams and strives to empower its students for leadership in society. For more information, please visit www.amsu.org.