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Brentwood Youth Lend a Hand for Great American Smokeout

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In recognition of the Great American Smokeout, Reality Check LI teens from Brentwood North Middle school created quit packages to support people looking to quit using tobacco.

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Teens take part in Reality Check LI Great American Smokeout Activity.

Photo by: Michael Hoffner.

Brentwood, NY - November 17, 2016 - November 17th marks the American Cancer Society's annual Great American Smokeout. This day is focused on helping people to quit smoking or using other tobacco products. This year, ACS is encouraging individuals that smoke to “Quit like a Champion”.

In recognition of the Great American Smokeout, Reality Check LI teens from Brentwood North Middle school created quit packages to support people looking to quit using tobacco. Each packet contained a stress ball, mints, toothpicks, educational and resource pamphlets The teens also wrote hand written notes of encouragement to include in the packages.

“Many of the teens involved in this activity have family members that smoke. This is an opportunity for them to take steps to try and help their loved ones quit this deadly habit. Allowing teens to take action to help others can be very empowering for them” said Michael Hoffner, Reality Check LI Coordinator

Reality Check is a New York State youth-led, adult supported group against the deceptive marketing practices of the tobacco industry and the way they market their products towards youth. Reality Check youth work to expose the truth about the way the tobacco industry advertises and tries to eliminate those marketing opportunities in their community. 

Reality Check LI is part of the Tobacco Action Coalition of Long Island which is funded by the NY Tobacco Control Program through a grant administered by the American Lung Association of the Northeast.  To learn more visit RealityCheckLI.org.