About Tobacco-Free Staten Island

Tobacco-Free Staten Island is comprised of adults and youth dedicated to promoting a healthy, tobacco-free environment. There are four initiatives, Point of Sale, Tobacco-Free Outdoors, Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing and Smoke Free Media. TSFI and Reality Check, a teen-based anti-big tobacco component, collaboratively aim to: 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 and reduce smoking imagery through the media.

Ashley Zanatta

Ashley Zanatta works as the Community Engagement Manager for Tobacco-Free Staten Island.  Her passion for public health has driven her to educate youth and the community on the manipulative marketing practices of the tobacco industry and assist property managers and business owners to implement tobacco-free policies where people live and work.  Ms. Zanatta works to actively engage the community and understand issues which affect their lives and works to set goals for improvement and respond to the needs of the community through active participation and empowerment.  Her previous experience involves communal work with youth and seniors to ensure active lifestyle and coordinate various programs and events.  She currently provides strategic direction to achieve work plan deliverables and educates the community on tobacco control policies that impact the city and state. 

Carissa Mazzeo

Carissa Mazzeo has been involved with tobacco control since 2009, as a member of Reality Check. In her time with Reality Check she was awarded, a Certificate of Excellence in Tobacco Control (2010), the Staten Island Not for Profit Community Service Award (2011), and Youth Advocate of the Year (2012 and 2013) for the MARO region. In 2017, after she graduated the College of Staten Island with a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science, she once again realized her passion for tobacco advocacy and joined the Tobacco-Free Staten Island team. Currently, Carissa is the Reality Check Lead where she enables teens to combat the tobacco industry and make a change in the Staten Island community. Additionally, she is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Administration from Kean University and hopes to continue on to receive a law degree.

Carissa Mazzeo has been involved with tobacco control since 2009, as a member of Reality Check. In her time with Reality Check she was awarded, a Certificate of Excellence in Tobacco Control (2010), the Staten Island Not for Profit Community Service Award (2011), and Youth Advocate of the Year (2012 and 2013) for the MARO region. In 2017, after she graduated the College of Staten Island with a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science, she once again realized her passion for tobacco advocacy and joined the Tobacco-Free Staten Island team. Currently, Carissa is the Reality Check Lead where she enables teens to combat the tobacco industry and make a change in the Staten Island community. Additionally, she is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Administration from Kean University and hopes to continue on to receive a law degree.