About Us

Ending NYC's Devastating Tobacco Epidemic...

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NYC Smoke-Free, a program of Public Health Solutions, works to protect the health of New Yorkers through tobacco control policy, advocacy and education. Formerly the NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free City, we partner with community members, legislators, and health advocates to support local efforts to end the devastating tobacco epidemic throughout NYC where close to 1 million residents smoke. The majority of smokers start and become hooked before age 18 - it is unacceptable for NYC youth to be lured into a life of tobacco addiction. Every NYC resident has the right to breathe clean, smoke-free air where they live, work and play, and people who smoke deserve the support and resources to quit.

Tobacco use remains the #1 cause of preventable death in the United States, killing over 480,000 annually. In New York City, 12,000 residents die from a smoking-related illness every year. Our advocacy efforts serve to foster environments that support the prevention and reduction of tobacco use through the development and reinforcement of tobacco-free norms in communities throughout New York City. While employing a two-pronged approach via youth action and community engagement,  we utilize a community-based strategy which includes community education, community mobilization, government policy-maker education, and advocacy with organizational decision makers.

 

OUR KEY INITIATIVES:
  • Limiting youth exposure and access to tobacco marketing and advertising by ending tobacco retail outlet proliferation
  • Increasing the number of apartment buildings, co-ops, condos and that are 100% smoke-free
  • Increase the number of smoke-free outdoor spaces
  • Reduce tobacco imagery in youth rated movies and youth friendly internet sites
  • Engage youth and community partners to build support for a smoke-free city and end tobacco health disparities
NYC Smoke-Free is an Advancing Tobacco-Free Communities (ATFC) Partner:

The New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Tobacco Control funds NYC Smoke-Free at Public Health Solutions to increase support for New York State’s tobacco-free norm through youth action and community engagement. Efforts are evidence-based, policy-driven, and cost-effective approaches that decrease youth tobacco use, motivate adult smokers to quit, and eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke. Learn more about statewide efforts below: