REALITY CHECK is a teen led, adult supported program working across New York State.
REALITY CHECK aims to expose the manipulative and deceptive marketing tactics of the tobacco industry. The tobacco industry actively exploits and markets a deadly and addictive product that is enticing to youth.
REALITY CHECK strives to produce change in our communities through grassroots education, mobilization, political education and media campaigns.
REALITY CHECK stands for being more than a replacement for the 1200 customers Big Tobacco loses daily in the United States alone.
REALITY CHECK wants big tobacco to know that WE WON’T BE BOUGHT.
Hear what Reality Check means to these youth in their own words…
Reality Check has made me grow into the person I am today. Being the Youth Advocate of the Year for 2011; I am a better leader than I ever was. I am ready to take a stand to stop teenagers from being the tobacco company’s replacement smokers.
James Hazzard, 18, Sharon Springs, NY
Because of Reality Check, I was able to write on my college applications that I have experience meeting with state legislators on a regular basis, speaking to audiences of 700+, and have attended numerous leadership seminars!
Jimmy Johnston, 18, Morrisville, NY
Reality Check has given me the opportunity to be a leader in my community. The work we do makes me feel necessary and important.
Olivia Raugi Chandler, 15, Plattsburgh, New York
I am involved in Reality Check to make an impact. Movements inspire revolution, and Reality Check is a movement. It means that I am involved in something much bigger than myself.
Jordan Peters, 18, Jamestown, NY