The smoking rates in New York City are a cause for serious concern. See below some figures that highlight the impact of smoking across the City and in your borough.

Last Updated December 2018

In New York State…

  • New York State residents’ tax burden from smoking-related healthcare costs is $1,410 per household.(5)
  • Annual health care costs in New York State directly caused by smoking is $10.39 billion.(5)

 

In New York City…

  • 13.4% of residents(886,000 adults) smoke.(1)
  • 13,000 public high school students currently smoke cigarettes(2); one-third of whom will die prematurely as a direct result of smoking.(3)
  • More than 200,000 children are still exposed to secondhand smoke at home.(4)
 

In the Bronx…

  • 13.6% of residents (145,000 adults) smoke.(6)
  • 2,000 high school students currently smoke cigarettes;(7) one-third of whom will die prematurely as a direct result of smoking.(8)
 

In Brooklyn…

  • 13.6% of residents (270,000 adults) smoke.(9)
  • 3,000 public high school students currently smoke cigarettes;(10) one-third of whom will die prematurely as a direct result of smoking.(11)
 

In Manhattan…

  • 12.0% of residents (161,000 adults) smoke.(12)
  • 3,000* public high school students currently smoke cigarettes;(13); one-third of whom will die prematurely as a direct result of smoking.(14) (*Estimate should be interpreted with caution. Estimate’s Relative Standard Error (a measure of estimate precision) is greater than 30% or the sample size is less than 50, making the estimate potentially unreliable.)
 

In Queens…

  • 12.2% of residents (224,000 adults) smoke.(15)
  • 4,000 public high school students currently smoke cigarettes;(16) one-third of whom will die prematurely as a direct result of smoking.(17)
 

In Staten Island…

  • 24.0% of residents (86,000 adults) smoke.(18)
  • 1,000 public high school students currently smoke cigarettes;(19) one-third of whom will die prematurely as a direct result of smoking.(20)

  1. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Press Release, September 18, 2017.
  2. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. New York City Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2017.
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  "Projected smoking-related deaths among youth--United States." MMWR. 45(44).1996.
  4. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. More and more New Yorkers recognizing that secondhand smoke is toxic. 5 May 2007. Print.
  5. Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. Fact Sheet: The Toll of Tobacco in New York. November 15, 2018.
  6. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. New York City Community Health Survey 2017.
  7. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. New York City Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2017.
  8. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Projected smoking-related deaths among youth--United States." MMWR. 45(44). 1996.
  9. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. New York City Community Health Survey 2017.
  10. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. New York City Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2017.
  11. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Projected smoking-related deaths among youth--United States." MMWR. 45(44). 1996.
  12. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. New York City Community Health Survey 2017.
  13. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. New York City Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2017.
  14. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Projected smoking-related deaths among youth--United States." MMWR. 45(44). 1996.
  15. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. New York City Community Health Survey 2017.
  16. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. New York City Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2017.
  17. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Projected smoking-related deaths among youth--United States." MMWR. 45(44). 1996.
  18. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. New York City Community Health Survey 2017.
  19. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. New York City Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2017.
  20. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Projected smoking-related deaths among youth--United States." MMWR. 45(44). 1996.