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Bronx Community Leader Honored for Helping to Reduce Local Smoking Rates as Part of Global "World No Tobacco Day" Celebration by NYC Smoke-Free


Guillermo Flores
Phone: (646) 248-8831
Email: gflores@healthsolutions.org

WHAT: NYC’s leading tobacco control advocacy nonprofit, NYC Smoke-Free at Public Health Solutions, will honor Frances Maturo of the Throggs Neck Community Action Partnership for leadership in helping to lower smoking rates in the Pelham-Throggs Neck section of the Bronx. Her contributions include community education and youth engagement regarding tobacco as well as implementing an organizational smoke-free grounds policy to protect employees and patrons from secondhand smoke.

For the first time in nearly a decade, New York City has more than one million smokers. Thanks to efforts by Ms. Maturo and tobacco control advocates, there has been a 45% decline in the proportion of adults living in the Pelham-Throggs Neck area who are smokers, from 2003-2013, according to the latest available data from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. World No Tobacco Day is an international day of celebrating tobacco control in local communities and bringing awareness to the global tobacco epidemic.

WHERE: Throggs Neck Community Action Partnership
2789 Schurz Avenue (between Swinton and Brinsmade Aves)
Bronx, NY 10465

WHEN: Wednesday May 6, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM


  • Frances Maturo, World No Tobacco Day honoree and Throggs Neck Community Action Partnership chairperson, receiving an award from NYC Smoke-Free
  • Dante Napoli, teenager providing testimonial of Ms. Maturo’s efforts
  • Guillermo Flores, NYC Smoke-Free Bronx community engagement coordinator providing citywide tobacco control facts and statistics


NYC Smoke-Free - a program of Public Health Solutions, NYC Smoke-Free 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. We believe every New Yorker has the right to breathe clean, smoke-free air where they live, work and play. For more information, visit us at www.nycsmokefree.org.

Public Health Solutions - As one of the largest public health service nonprofit organizations in New York City, Public Health Solutions improves health among the city’s most vulnerable populations by tackling social, physical, and environmental factors that impact New Yorkers’ ability to thrive. Today PHS serves 200,000+ New Yorkers annually, and we support the work of more than 600 community-based nonprofit organizations. We implement innovative, cost-effective population-based health programs; conduct research providing insight on effective public health interventions; and provide services to government and other nonprofits to address public health issues. Together with our colleagues in the service sector, government, philanthropy and policy organizations, we are thought leaders and cutting-edge public health professionals in New York City and New York State. To learn more, please visit us at www.healthsolutions.org.