New York State Tobacco Control Program

Smoking kills 25,500 people every year in New York State. Secondhand smoke kills 2,500 New Yorkers every year. Every year 570,000 New Yorkers are afflicted with serious diseases caused by smoking. It is projected that 389,000 New York State youth age 0-17 will die from smoking. Visit the NYS Tobacco Control program

The New York State Department of Health Tobacco Control Program (NYTCP) implements evidence-based and promising strategies to prevent and reduce tobacco use. The NYTCP envisions a tobacco-free society for all New Yorkers. The program began in January 2000, and is built on a foundation of community partners using evidence-based strategies from the Guide to Community Preventive Services to decrease tobacco use. Over time, the program has effectively implemented a strong clean indoor air law, maintained support for high tobacco taxes to keep the price of tobacco high, and worked to increase access to effective cessation services and motivate smokers to try to quit. As a result of programmatic efforts, youth and adult smoking rates are at their lowest levels on record.

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A Collaborative Conference Call is coordinated by the New York State Tobacco Control Program on a bi-monthly basis. The call focuses on key smoking-related topics and features guest speakers.  

Report: Who's Smoking In New York State 2007

Despite declines, tobacco use has stagnated and remains high among certain populations. This New York State report explores these differences in tobacco use in more detail. Specifically, we identify groups of individuals in New York who have disproportionately high rates of smoking relative to other populations in the state. We also highlight groups with the greatest number of smokers, and as such, bear the greatest health burden associated with tobacco use.

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