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 June 2021|
In New York State…
- New York State residents’ tax burden from smoking-related healthcare costs is $937 per household.(5)
- Annual health care costs in New York State directly caused by smoking is $10.39 billion.(5)
In New York City…
- 10.9% of residents(706,000 adults) smoke.(1)
- 8,000 public high school students currently smoke cigarettes; one-third of whom will die prematurely as a direct result of smoking.(2)
- More than 200,000 children are still exposed to secondhand smoke at home.(4)
- 15.2% (37,000) public high school students report current use of an e-vapor product (2); indicating dual use of e-cigs and combustible cigarettes.
Adult Smoking Rates by Borough, 2020 (1)
Current Smoking Among Public High School Students, 2019 (2)
Current E-Cigarette Use Among Public High School Students, 2019 (2)
- New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. New York City Community Health Survey 2020.
- New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. New York City Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2019.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Projected smoking-related deaths among youth–United States.” MMWR. 45(44).1996.
- New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. More and more New Yorkers recognizing that secondhand smoke is toxic. 5 May 2007. Print.
- Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. Fact Sheet: The Toll of Tobacco in New York. May 18, 2021.