NYC Schools Engaged
NYC Smoke-Free's Reality Check Program began in 2015 as a way to involve youth ages 13-18 in tobacco control initiatives. In only a few years, we have already engaged over 4,000 students from almost 60 schools across New York City. Alongside NYC Smoke-Free, Reality Check youth have raised awareness of tobacco issues in their schools, met with elected officials, planned community-based events, and recruited their peers to support tobacco control efforts.
NYC Smoke-Free's work with high school students has been critical in combatting Big Tobacco's targeted marketing to teens and in creating the first Tobacco-Free Generation. More work is needed to expand our reach into schools in every neighborhood so that students have the tools and knowledge to become their own health advocates, regardless of their zip code.
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