Town Supervisor Declares October 13th "Seen Enough Tobacco Day”

The Town of Islip is joining forces with Reality Check to help educate today’s youth about the dangers of tobacco and the impact of tobacco marketing on youth smoking initiation. The facts are that the average age of a new smoker in New York State is thirteen years old. In addition to that, ninety percent of adult smokers said they first tried smoking by the age of eighteen. Tobacco companies place most of their advertising in stores where seventy-five percent of teens shop at least once per week. Annual tobacco industry marketing expenditures nationwide total more than $9 billion, and the estimated portion spent in New York State marketing is over $206 million each year. Stores near school contain nearly three times the amount of tobacco advertisements compared to other stores in the same community.

“Advertising and promotional activities by tobacco companies have been shown to cause the onset and continuation of smoking among adolescents and young adults, according to the US Surgeon General,” said Supervisor Angie Carpenter. “I urge parents and teenagers alike, to educate themselves about tobacco industry marketing practices, and its impact on today’s youth,” added Supervisor Carpenter.

Reality Check is a New York statewide group that focuses on educating and empowering the youth to address the tobacco industry and their deceptive marketing practices. Reality Check provides opportunities for today’s youth to gain skills in the areas of leadership, team building, and public speaking experiences. For more information, go to www.breathefreely.org.

 

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