The Tobacco Action Coalition of the Finger Lakes recognized the city of Geneva’s Movie Team for providing family friendly, smoke-free movies for all.
Families and community members gathered together at Geneva Peeps to share a meal and a movie because of the efforts of several sponsors and many volunteers. “Our movie series has grown in number of films in the series and attendance each year. This has been an amazing partnership with city of Geneva departments, neighborhood associations, Geneva Peeps, Geneva Free Library and many sponsors for each movie, each year,” said Rhonda Destino, communications and engagement director for the city of Geneva. “These movies are a large collaboration, and it is such an amazing experience to provide a smoke-free and vape-free environment for a great family night out for no cost. We were thrilled to start working with the Tobacco Action Coalition of the Finger lakes and are proud to be recognized for our work with this project.”
TACFL provided smoke-free movie education to attendees prior to the movie. Parents learned that youth can be influenced to try tobacco when they watch actors smoking in movies. Reality Check Youth and advocates across the nation are working toward an R rating for movies that include tobacco use. Youth want to end the manipulation and deception used by the tobacco industry to attract youth to tobacco products, resulting in long term nicotine addiction. Over 28,000 New Yorkers die from tobacco-caused illnesses annually, and over 10,600 New York kids will become smokers this year, according to the American Lung Association’s 2018 State of Tobacco Control.
The movie was screened at Geneva Peeps, owned by Jeff Henderson, and founded in 2014 as a community egg co-op. Forty member families take turns caring for 130 hens and receive a weekly share of 18-24 eggs each. The property also includes a community garden with 31 raised beds, a rainwater catchment system, and a solar grid. Children enjoyed watching the hens chase each other, while they played together on the smoke-free grounds.
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