1. Empowering Our Youth on World No Tobacco Day 2024

    Written by: Julia Cuthbertson (Brooklyn Community Engagement Manager) As the world observes World No Tobacco Day on May 31st, the spotlight falls on the ever-growing concern of tobacco marketing targeting young people. This year, the focus of the annual World Health Organization campaign is on empowering youth around the world to combat the predatory tactics […]

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  2. Let’s Give the Bronx a Clean-Up

    Written by Bronx Reality Check Youth Engagement Manager Angela Hanson. One of the biggest stigmas I heard growing up in the Bronx was that my borough was not the cleanest. That stigma has persisted to this day, but regrettably, there have been more serious repercussions to deal with than only the stigma. Health disparities have […]

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  3. Up in Smoke: How Smoking Impacts Your Community’s Health

    Written by Manhattan Community Engagement Manager, Stefanie Mercado Altman. We have all seen the lone person smoking on the sidewalk outside their apartment building. Seemingly caught in the drifting movements of their thoughts as wafts of smoke from a lit cigarette hit pedestrians passing by and creep in apartment windows. At this time of year, […]

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  4. Let Me Tell You Why

    Sharika Shithi, an 11th grader at Stuyvesant High School and summer intern with NYC Smoke-Free, penned a powerful message about Big Tobacco’s impact on young people and why it is imperative for everyone to stand together to protect the health of teens.

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  5. Igniting Action at Youth Summit 2023: An Acrostic Poem

    Written by Brooklyn Reality Check Youth Engagement Manager, Brittany Hale, and Student Interns, Fatou Wague, June Hong, Magnus Jackson, and Starr Sinclair. Y – Youth “By spending their time at the mall gathering signatures on giant mural, palm card pitching, and hands on activities and games such as cornhole, the youth implemented both work and […]

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  6. Unmasking the Rainbow: Illuminating Tobacco Disparities in the LGBTQIA+ Population

    NYC Smoke-Free proudly supports the LGBTQIA+ community. By having conversation and providing educational resources, we hope to empower individuals to make wise health decisions and to shed light on these exploitative marketing practices. The LGBTQIA+ community deserves to be celebrated, supported, and protected from the harmful influences of tobacco companies.

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  7. World No Tobacco Day 2023

    For World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) 2023, NYC Smoke-Free joined members of the Menthol Kills NYC Coalition, City Councilwoman Rita Joseph, Dr. Hazel N. Dukes of the NAACP New York State Conference, and other community and health advocates for a press event at City Hall regarding the negative impact of menthol tobacco products on New […]

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  8. Not Just a Vapor: Big Tobacco’s Myth & Consequences

    Written by Queens Reality Check Youth Engagement Manager, Ayisha Green In NYC, 8,000 public high school students smoke cigarettes. This number is higher than expected, considering the decline in smoking rates. Smoking rates have been on the decline since the Surgeon General’s Report of 1964, when smoking cigarettes was linked to lung cancer. The following […]

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  9. 2020: A Year in Review

    A Year of Progress… For many people around the world, 2020 was a very difficult year – New York City was no exception. Despite the life changing adjustments we’ve faced as a result of COVID-19, we continue to persevere. Here at NYC Smoke-Free, that means continuing to raise awareness of health disparities from the lens […]

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