Yesterday, October 1st, one of our agents, Francine Gilberto, attended the Staten Island Health and Wellness Expo at the Hilton Garden Inn. where the Jewish Community Center (JCC) announced Tobacco Free Staten Island. The TFSI is dedicated to promote a healthy, tobacco-free norm where Staten Islanders live, work and play. JCC also has been the home to Reality Check for almost 15 years; Reality Check meets weekly and "is a teen-led adult supported program working across New York State. Youth are equipped with the knowledge to combat the industry and take a stance on issues concerning them."
The TFSI and Reality Check have 4 aspects in which they are taking action in: Point of Sale, Tobacco-Free Outdoors, Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing and Smoke Free Media. Sijcc.org listed that the programs will:
- mobilize community members and organizations to strengthen tobacco–related policies
- prevent and reduce tobacco use
- reduce youth exposure to harmful tobacco marketing in retail settings
- limit exposure to secondhand smoke
- reduce smoking imagery through the media
The TFSI has been in the works for the past 3 months and hopes to start the beginning of the coalition in December this year. You can read more in-depth of each initiative on the sijcc.org.
Supporting this amazing organization is Tom Crimmins Realty's ongoing commitment to American Cancer Society's Relay For Life.