According to WIVB News, three Buffalo organizations, namely, REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health), The Tobacco-Free Coalition of Erie and Niagara Counties (TFCEN), and Cicatelli Associates Inc. (CAI), have teamed up with the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor to go tobacco-free in an effort to lessen and eventually end smoking in the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor facility.

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Terry Alford, Executive Director of the Michigan Street African Am. Heritage Corridor Commission explained to WIVB News:

"As an advocate for our thriving and livable community, we are addressing the root causes of social determinants of health."


This initiative is supported by the fact that, according to the Centers for Disease Control, per the WIVB News report,  


"African Americans usually smoke fewer cigarettes and start smoking cigarettes at an older age, they are more likely to die from smoking-related diseases than Whites."


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