10 | 16 | 2017
Friday, October 13th Declared “Seen Enough Tobacco Day” in the Bronx
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Bronx, N.Y. – Students in the Bronx and across New York State declared this past Friday, October 13, 2017 as the inaugural “Seen Enough Tobacco Day, a day to urge New Yorkers to protect young people from the billions of dollars of tobacco promotions in places where they and other youth can see and be influenced by them. The goal is to put an end to youth smoking and other tobacco use.
Since the recent enactment of the package of tobacco laws this past August, the NYC Smoke-Free team in the Bronx worked with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, to help recognize the newly founded SET Day and highlight the Bronx’s continued commitment to NYC’s comprehensive approach to tobacco control. Widespread availability of tobacco dangerously normalizes this deadly and addictive product which remains the #1 cause of preventable death.
According to the U. S. Surgeon General, “advertising and promotional activities by tobacco companies have been shown to cause the onset and continuation of smoking among adolescents and young adults.”
Findings on youth tobacco use and tobacco industry marketing in places where children and young adolescents can see them indicate:
- The average age of a new smoker is 13 years old, and 90 percent of adult smokers say they first tried smoking by age 18.
- The U.S. tobacco industry spent an estimated $9.5 billion on advertising and promotion of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco in 2013. This includes nearly $220 million annually in New York State, or nearly $602,000 a day.
- Stores popular among adolescents contain almost three times more tobacco marketing materials compared to other stores in the same community.
“The last things our young people need is more tobacco, a deadly product that affects some of our most vulnerable communities. SET Day is a great opportunity for our youth to bring more awareness to their peers and communities leaders and find new ways help end the tobacco epidemic in New York City,” said Vonetta Dudley, Bronx Student Engagement Reality Check Coordinator.
For more information on NYC Smoke-Free or to lend support in ending NYC’s devastating tobacco epidemic please visit www.NYCSmokeFree.org.
Reality Check - a student led, adult supported program for those between the ages of 13 through 18. The statewide program is composed of multiple student run chapters’ across New York State. Each chapter works to expose the deceptive marketing tactics of the tobacco industry through education, advocacy outreach and media campaigns. For more information, go to www.reailtycheckofny.com.
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.
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 200 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.
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