Scary but true - more New Yorkers are smoking today than they were just 4 years ago! The New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene just released data from their Community Healthy Survey that shows that smoking prevalence has increased to 16.1% in 2013 from a low of 14% in 2010. For the first time in 7 years, New York City is home to more than 1 million smokers! While our city has done so much to try to curb smoking, Big Tobacco is addicting more New Yorkers every day. What is causing this increase? We know there are three main pillars for effective tobacco control - a Smoke Free Air Law (check); a high excise tax (check - although we're no longer #1 in that category); and a well-funded tobacco control program. Unfortunately, over the past 7 years, New York City's tobacco control program has been reduced by 36 percent. We can do better. We must do more to protect New Yorkers' heart-health! Perhaps it's time that we revisit these three strongest tobacco policy interventions to see what more we can do!
Ask your Councilmember and Mayor deBlasio why we’re going in the wrong direction...Ask them to recommit to the fight to end smoking...Click on the following link: http://yourethecure.org/aha/advocacy/composeletters.aspx?AlertID=35485
To learn more about the new smoking rates, visit the city's website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/pr2014/pr035-14.shtml