In far too many New York City neighborhoods, a child is more likely to find tobacco outlets than libraries or playgrounds. NYC Smoke-Free is working to stop tobacco proliferation because deadly and addictive tobacco products do not belong on nearly every block and corner of our neighborhoods.
- NYC neighborhoods are already swamped with over 9,000 tobacco outlets
- More than 1 in every 3 NYC high school student who smoke obtain their cigarettes from a neighborhood tobacco outlet
- Widespread availability of tobacco in our communities dangerously normalizes tobacco, which remains the #1 cause of preventable death and takes the lives of 12,000 NYC residents each year
Many New Yorkers are seeing more and more tobacco in our communities. And in some of our most vulnerable communities, tobacco is both persistent and pervasive: chronic disparities of higher tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure rates are coupled with widespread availability of dangerous tobacco products. Alarmingly, many neighborhoods are food deserts void of healthy foods, yet are also tobacco swamps abundant with deadly and addictive tobacco products.
The more tobacco outlets we have in New York City, the more outlets there are for kids to get hooked on tobacco. Neighborhoods swamped with tobacco make it easy to start and harder to quit.
We can help end the tobacco epidemic by ending tobacco proliferation in our neighborhoods. NYC doesn’t need even more tobacco outlets to provide more easy access to deadly tobacco products.
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