Teens Demand Removal of Tobacco Ads in Local Stores

August 11, 2011 Updated Aug 11, 2011 at 5:36 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

August 11, 2011 Updated Aug 11, 2011 at 5:36 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW)- Thursday more than a hundred teens filled Niagara Square in Buffalo to rally for change. The teens are part of Reality Check, a teen-driven advocacy group, aimed at educating the community about the tobacco industry. The youth from across the state are concerned about tobacco advertisements and market strategies inside local convenience stores. The group claims companies specifically target youth with flashy advertisements that resemble other products.

"It's alarming that kids can go into a convenience store and see all these ads. Some (products), even gum looks like a pack of cigarettes and now they're coming out with new brands," said Youth Advocate James Hazzard.

Reality Check is hoping persistence and legislation will eliminate tobacco advertisements in local stores. For more information about Reality Check visit: www.realitycheckofny.com