Fewer New Yorkers smoke than a decade ago and die from smoking-related illnesses. Between 2002 and 2009, smoking rates dropped 27%, representing 340,000 fewer smokers and 6,300 lives saved. Smoking-related deaths fell 17% in the same period, from 8,700 to 7,200.
Despite our successes, smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death in New York City, responsible for 1 in 3 preventable deaths and 1 in 7 deaths overall.With a third of the city’s 950,000 current smokers expected to die prematurely and as many as 18,000 high school students still smoking, it is clear that more in tobacco control and prevention must be done, including promoting and increasing the use of cessation treatment.
Last Updated 1/31/13