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 has led to many great success in tobacco control from environment, to social, to broad-reaching policy change. The maps below demonstrate our footprint and impact in NYC, however we still have work to do. Sign up or contact our borough offices to get involved!

Smoke-Free Housing Map

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 demonstrates NYC Smoke-Free’s work to ensure better health outcomes for families by increasing smoke-free housing units across New York City. NYC Smoke-Free can help you go smoke-free today! Contact your local borough office for guidance, technical assistance, and help with signage.

15 For 15

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. March 2018 marked the 15th Anniversary of the implementation of the NYC Smoke-Free Air Act of 2002, when comprehensive tobacco control became a priority in New York City. To commemorate this historic occasion, NYC Smoke-Free set a goal of making 15,000 housing units (apartments) smoke-free in 2018 – WE DID IT!!!! So far, we have helped over 16,000 units go smoke-free, impacting over 44,000 families. 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.

Map of NYC Schools Engaged


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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 already 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 combating Big Tobacco’s targeted marketing to teens and in creating the first Tobacco-Free Generation. More work is needed to expand our reach into schools in every neighborhood 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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