Advancing Tobacco Free Communities
In Madison, Oneida & Herkimer Counties
BRiDGES Tobacco Prevention Program (BTPP) is a community partnership grant funded by the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Tobacco Control (BTC). BTPP is made up of two main components, Community Engagement and Reality Check. These components work together, seeking to build healthier communities through tobacco-free living in Oneida, Madison and Herkimer
Counties. We have several initiatives and efforts to help us work towards our
goal of bettering lives and communities.
NEW YORK STATE TAKES ACTION FOR PUBLIC HEALTH!
PHARMACIES: Pharmacies will no longer sell deadly tobacco products. A new state law bans tobacco product sales—including e-cigarettes - in all stores that have a pharmacy.
FLAVORED VAPE/E-CIGARETTE PRODUCTS: Flavored vape/e-cigarette products, will NO LONGER BE SOLD in New York State. This law is a huge step in the epidemic of youth nicotine addiction. Flavors hook kids, nicotine addicts them. Youth who want to quit vaping can text DROPTHEVAPE to 88709 for a Text2Quit program.
#quitsmoking #quitvaping Call your health care provider or 1-866-NY-QUITS
Click on the icon below to view the results of the December 2019 Community Tobacco Survey of Adult Residents of Herkimer County
Projects & Programs
Reality Check is New York State's youth led movement aimed at exposing the deceptive marketing practices of the tobacco industry.
Reality Check provides you with an opportunity to meet new people, make new friends, and gain experience in the areas of government, social justice, media, public speaking, event planning, health, and so much more.
If you want to make a difference in your community and help to create a healthier community Reality Check is a group for you to get involved in.
But if you are not a teen and you want to help don't despair!
We have opportunities for you as well. So please contact us
at and find us on Facebook
Reality Check Youth Program
"Reality Check is a program that has helped me to become more confident in myself as I have learned the skills to communicate with elected officials, the media, and key leaders in my community. It is also a great feeling to know that I am making a difference in my community by helping it to become a healthier place." Brennan Hysell, 16 from Madison, NY
Tobacco Free Stores
An initiative to reduce the impact of retail tobacco marketing on youth.
Tobacco Free Outdoors
An initiative to increase tobacco free outdoor policies, including tobacco free worksites, parks, playgrounds, beaches, municipal property, entryways, colleges, universities, and other outdoor public areas.