Global Tobacco Control Updates
A new report published by the New York State Department of Health documents the remarkable success of the state tobacco control program on youth and adult smoking. Over the past 10 years, New York state has implemented a set of evidence-based tobacco control policies, including:
A smoking ban in all work and public places, including bars and restaurants, enacted in 2003;
High tobacco taxes – the state cigarette excise tax increased from $1.11 per pack in 2000 to $4.35 per pack in 2010; and
Ongoing tobacco control mass media campaigns educating the public about the harms of tobacco.
Between 2000 and 2010, smoking declined:
from 10.2% to 3.2% among middle school students,
from 27.1% and 12.6% among high school students,
from 33% to 23.1% among young adults, and
from 21.6% to 18% among all adults.
In 2010 there were almost 400,000 fewer adult smokers in New York State than in 2000.
Strong tobacco control policies like significant tax increases and 100% smoke-free environments for all work and public places prevent youth from smoking and help smokers quit.
Full Report: Youth Prevention and Adult Smoking in New York
Full Citation: New York State Department of Health. Youth prevention and adult smoking in New York. NY State DOH: 2011. Available from: http://www.nyhealth.gov/prevention/tobacco_control/docs/2011-03-11_ny_state_brief_report_prevention.pdf.
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