Tobacco Free Zone of Cortland, Tompkins & Chenango Counties

The Tobacco Free Zone is part of a network of statewide contractors funded by the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Tobacco Control working to change the community environment to support a tobacco-free norm. The program consists of a community engagement component and a youth action component branded as Reality Check.

The grant work consists of engaging local stakeholders, educating community leaders and the public, and mobilizing community members and organizations to strengthen tobacco-related policies that prevent and reduce tobacco use. Efforts will also focus on reducing youth exposure to harmful tobacco marketing in retail settings, limiting exposure to secondhand smoke in outdoor areas and inside multi-unit housing, and reducing tobacco imagery through the media.

Reality Check


Reality Check is made up of teens across New York State who expose the truth about tobacco and the marketing practices of the tobacco industry. Reality Check of Cortland, Tompkins & Chenango Counties is the youth action element of the Tobacco Free Zone program.

Reality Check teens host events, meetings, trainings, street marketing actions, and more, all in order to educate people and get people to take action in meaningful ways to reduce the impact of tobacco.
For more information on the Tobacco Free Zone and the work we do, please go to
Tobacco Free New York State website