Smoking kills about 28,000 adult New Yorkers every year. About 750,000 adults in NYS live with serious smoking-related illness. 389,000 kids now under 18 and alive in New York will die prematurely from smoking.

New York spends $10.4 billion caring for people made sick from smoking.

In 2013, New York State received over $2 billion in tobacco revenues. They only spend $39.3 million on tobacco prevention. While the NYS smoking rate has dropped faster than the national average, some population groups are benefiting less from this progress.

Limited funding prevents reaching the vulnerable populations with the highest rates of smoking. Increasingly, the burden of tobacco taxes falls heavily on the poor, less educated, and those with mental health challenges.

Accomplishments Across New York State

Adult smoking has declined faster in New York (−29%) than in the United States (−9%) from 2003 to 2010.

Smoking declined by 70% among middle school students and 54% among high school students from 2000 to 2010. These declines outpaced national declines. Last year, over 150,000 people received help from the New York State Smokers’ Quitline.

In 2003, the expanded NYS Clean Indoor Air Act was enacted. The act is one of the most stringent clean indoor air laws in the nation.

Over 500 municipalities in New York State have passed regulations restricting tobacco use in outdoor recreational areas.

NY Tobacco Control

Tobacco control programs play a crucial role in the prevention of many chronic conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and respiratory illness. Comprehensive tobacco prevention and cessation programs like the one in NYS prevent kids from starting to smoke, helps adult smokers quit, and serve as a counter to the ever-present negative influence of the tobacco industry.

There are still 2 million smokers in NY that need help – we must continue to invest wisely by supporting tobacco control in NYS. With additional resources we could increase community level interventions, and implement strategies. We could also target anti-smoking media messages where the need is greatest. Such as those with low incomes, limited education and mental illness.

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Reality Check is a youth led movement in New York State that empowers youth to become leaders in their communities in exposing what they see as the manipulative and deceptive marketing tactics of the tobacco industry. The organization’s members produce change in their communities through grassroots mobilization and education.

New York State Smokers’ Quit Line is free and confidential service. They provide services to New York State residents who want to stop tobacco use. This includes, motivational coaching, free nicotine patches, an online smoke-free community, educational fact sheets, materials and videos. Additional educational tools and cessation resources are available. Mainly to healthcare providers, employers, educators, and others. In addition, this also includes a referral program for tobacco users.

Health Systems for a Tobacco-Free NYS provide New York’s healthcare community with evidence-based education, training, and resources. This helps to treat their tobacco dependent patients and help them quit smoking successfully.