09 | 19 | 2014

NYC Adult Smoking Rates on the Rise

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released the results of the 2013 Community Health Survey, which revealed that the adult smoking rates in NYC have increased to 16.1%. While this rise is not statistically significant from the 2012 smoking rates (15.5%), it is however a significant increase in comparison to the adult smoking rates from 2010 which were at an all time low of 14%.

Although NYC adult smoking rates remain lower than the national average of 18%, the correlation between the steady decrease in tobacco prevention spending and the climbing smoking rates in NYC is all too apparent. According to the American Cancer Society's Annual Report Card, (released August 2014), which highlights individual state tobacco spending, New York State spends less than 20% of the recommended amount ($203 million) by the CDC's best practices guidelines.

Also contributing to this increase, over 1 million New Yorkers reported to be "occasional smokers". The first effort to combat this phenomenon is the "Imagine for Life" media campaign.