Each year 25,000 adults in New York State die from smoking. 389,000 kids now under 18 and alive in New York will die prematurely from smoking.

New York spends $8.17 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 460 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 2.4 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.