1. 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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  2. Like A Champ

    “I got my father to quit smoking,” said an overjoyed Reality Check teen Ryan Newman just two years after he joined our teen advocacy program while attending the High School for Public Service. Ryan hails from East Flatbush, Brooklyn and was introduced to our work in the summer of 2015 through the Futures & Options’ […]

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  3. Seen Enough Menthol

    SET DAY 2020 By: Vonetta Dudley, Bronx Reality Check Manager On Tuesday October 13th, New York State celebrated Seen Enough Tobacco Day (SET Day), a day where youth and community members were urged to stand up against the marketing tactics of the tobacco industry. This year for SET Day the focus was building more awareness […]

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  4. WNTD2020: Tobacco Exposed

    In response to the tobacco industries’ systematic, targeted and sustained tactics to attract a new generation of tobacco users, World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) established by the World Health Organization, has been observed annually and worldwide on May 31st since 1987 . This year, NYC Smoke-Free at Public Health Solutions has partnered with the NYC […]

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  5. Live To Breathe Another Day

    Written by Equisha Pierre, Staten Island Community Engagement Manager Major health organizations all agree that smoking an vaping can lead to compromised lung function. In the wake of the COVID19 pandemic, we are learning all smokers both young and old are at higher risk as smoking increases the chance of worse symptoms and complications of the disease. To […]

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  6. #Winning

    Yeah ok, so we know it’s an old hashtag but it is no less true for the recent wins we have seen this month. Keep reading…

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  7. The Great Outdoors

    In a recent survey, we found that most New Yorkers, including a large number of smokers and e-cigarette users, favor policies that prohibit smoking and vaping. Click here for Health Briefing highlighting survey results.

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  8. Coming Out for the Summer

    Encouraging Smoke-Free Protections (Written by Vonetta Dudley, Reality Check/Youth Engagement Coordinator, Bronx)  As warmer weather slowly rolls in, it’s important to encourage the increase and maintenance of smoke-free protections to ensure that every New Yorkers (and visitors) can enjoy outdoor public spaces such as parks, beaches and pedestrian plazas free from the dangers of secondhand smoke exposure. With […]

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  9. NYC Pharmacies are Finally Tobacco-Free in 2019

    Written by Julia Cuthbertson, Community Engagement Manager, Brooklyn 2019 has started off as a Happy and Healthy New Year indeed!  As of January 1, pharmacies in New York City no longer sell tobacco products – this includes e-cigarettes and vaping devices. This new law is the last to be implemented from the package of tobacco control legislation […]

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