Our Impact

NYC Smoke-Free has worked to engage and educate NYC communities for over the past 20 years. Our efforts to eliminate the tobacco epidemic in New York City have led to many great successes in tobacco control, from environmental to social to broad-reaching policy changes. To date, we have helped over 21,000 units go smoke-free, impacting approximately 54,000 families.

Smoke-Free Housing Map

Since the launch of our Smoke-Free Housing campaign in 2009, NYC Smoke-Free has worked with buildings, tenants, landlords, and property managers to implement smoke-free protections for thousands of families. Our work in smoke-free housing has led to increased smoke-free protections for New York City families. However, many neighborhoods still lack access to smoke-free housing.

The map above illustrates NYC Smoke-Free’s work to ensure better health outcomes for families by increasing smoke-free housing units across New York City. Over the last few years, we have focused on working with affordable housing properties to ensure that rent-burdened families have options to live smoke-free and not endure tobacco pollution in their homes. NYC Smoke-Free can help you go smoke-free today! Contact your local borough office for guidance, technical assistance, and help with signage.

Map of NYC Schools Engaged

View Reality Check Schools Engaged in a full screen map

NYC Smoke-Free’s Reality Check Program began in 2015 as a way to involve youth ages 13-18 in tobacco control initiatives. In only a few years, we have engaged over 4,000 students from almost 60 schools across New York City. Alongside NYC Smoke-Free, Reality Check youth have raised awareness of tobacco issues in their schools, met with elected officials, planned community-based events, and recruited their peers to support tobacco control efforts.

NYC Smoke-Free’s work with high school students has been critical in both combating Big Tobacco’s targeted marketing to teens and in working to create the first Tobacco-Free Generation. To expand our reach into schools in every neighborhood, more work is needed so that students have the tools and knowledge to become their own health advocates, regardless of their zip code.

Want to see your school on this list? Contact your borough Reality Check Coordinator to get started!



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