The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene supports three bills that would help further reduce New York City’s smoking rates: the Sensible Tobacco Enforcement Bill, the Tobacco Product Display Restriction Bill, and the City Council initiative to raise the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21.
If you are a smoker, quitting smoking is the single most important thing you can do for your health. If you quit, you will live a longer and healthier life and improve the health of the people around you. You will feel better and save money, too. If you are planning to have a family, you will have a healthier baby, as well as better sexual and reproductive health as well. Here are some resources to help you:
Read about Sensible Tobacco Enforcement (PDF)
Tobacco 21: Protecting youth by raising the minimum sale age for tobacco products from 18 to 21 years old (PDF)
Help keep tobacco out of children’s hands. Visit Save NYC Kids website
Read about the City Council Intro 250, which raises the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21.
Read the March edition of Vital Signs, “Promotion of Tobacco Products in New York City Retailers” (PDF)
Learn more about electronic cigarettes. Visit BeTobaccoFree.gov