TO THE EDITOR: You can’t walk in to a store around the holidays and not be bombarded with bright colors, large signs and displays that impact your purchasing decisions. Holiday shopping is a marketing frenzy for many corporations.
Yet, all year round, tobacco companies spend over a half-million dollars a day in New York state to market their addictive product.
In 2012, the surgeon general reported that tobacco marketing has a direct link to a teenager’s tobacco use. In-store tobacco displays send messages to teens and children that distort the social acceptability and popularity of tobacco use.
The average tobacco marketing display at a convenience store or pharmacy is 32 square feet. That’s equivalent to a 4-by-8-foot area rug full of cigarette packages and tobacco marketing right behind the cash register.
Tobacco-control programs throughout New York state are working to educate the community about the policy options that help limit children’s exposure to tobacco marketing.
To learn more about supporting tobacco-control programs, visit www.tobaccofreenys.org.
Tobacco Control Program assistant
Adirondack Tobacco Free Network
TO THE EDITOR: The family of Bernie “Smock” Podres would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to all who helped in the many ways for Bernie’s final day.
The family would like to thank the Rev. John Varno and the Rev. Al Hauser, the Moriah Ambulance Squad, Harland Funeral Home and staff, everyone who took the time to visit, phone, send flowers, food, cards and all who were there to offer comfort and support.
Thanks to our grandchildren for their participation at Mass, our neighbors, the Moriah Shock Honor Guard and the Mineville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5802 Firing Squad and members.
A special thank you to Tootie and Brenda for all their support and help before and after the services and reception.
A very special thank you to the Mineville VFW Post 5802 for the hosting of the reception for their fallen commander and to the friends who helped serve and clean up.
We thank you, and we will never forget.
And sons and daughters-in-law