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Press Release


Wednesday, April 25, 2007
HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFERING NICOTINE REPLACEMENT TO NEW YORK CITY SMOKERS WHO CALL 311 BEFORE MAY 15th
The Health Department today unveiled a two-pronged effort to help smokers quit. From now through May 15, the Health Department will offer nicotine replacement at no cost to smokers who request it through 311. This year’s offer includes nicotine gum as well as patches. The Health Department is also launching a multimedia advertising campaign featuring Ronaldo Martinez, a former smoker who lost his voice to throat cancer at age 39.
PRESS RELEASE # 025-07




Press Release


Wednesday, April 25, 2007
HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFERING NICOTINE REPLACEMENT TO NEW YORK CITY SMOKERS WHO CALL 311 BEFORE MAY 15th
The Health Department today unveiled a two-pronged effort to help smokers quit. From now through May 15, the Health Department will offer nicotine replacement at no cost to smokers who request it through 311. This year’s offer includes nicotine gum as well as patches. The Health Department is also launching a multimedia advertising campaign featuring Ronaldo Martinez, a former smoker who lost his voice to throat cancer at age 39.
PRESS RELEASE # 026-07




Press Release


Wednesday, April 18, 2007
ONE IN FOUR NYC MEN REPORT BINGE DRINKING
One in four men in New York City (23%) report binge drinking, according to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's (the Department) most recent annual phone survey. Overall, nearly 900,000 New Yorkers (14%) reported binge drinking in 2005. Binge drinking is defined as having five or more drinks on one occasion during the past month. More than 1,400 New Yorkers died of alcohol-related causes in 2005; two out of three of these deaths were men. The city's binge drinking rates were lower than the national rates (24% of adults and 31% of men in 2005), but they have not changed since 2002.
PRESS RELEASE # 024-07




Press Release


Monday, April 9, 2007
HEALTH DEPARTMENT DETAILS ACTIONS IN RESPONSE TO ITS INVESTIGATION OF GREENWICH VILLAGE KFC/TACO BELL RODENT INFESTATION
The Health Department completed its review of the inspection and closure of a rat-infested restaurant in Greenwich Village last month. The restaurant, a KFC/Taco Bell on 6th Avenue, passed a Health Department inspection on February 22 but was closed a day later, after live rats were seen in the restaurant and the Department conducted a fuller inspection.
PRESS RELEASE # 023-07




Trans Fat Help Center


Thursday, April 5, 2007
HEALTH DEPARTMENT LAUNCHES TRANS FAT HELP CENTER TO SUPPORT RESTAURANTS IN GOING TRANS FAT FREE
The Health Department, with a grant from the American Heart Association, launched the Trans Fat Help Center to assist restaurants in switching from artificial trans fat to healthier oils while maintaining the same taste and texture of food. The Help Center offers a telephone help line, classes, and web resources in multiple languages, all at no cost to restaurateurs.
PRESS RELEASE # 022-07




NYC Condom


Wednesday, April 4, 2007
HEALTH DEPT GIVES AWAY 5 MILLION NYC CONDOMS IN FIRST MONTH
The rubber is hitting the road in New York City. The Health Department announced that it has distributed 5 million NYC Condoms during the month following the new product's Valentine's Day launch.
PRESS RELEASE # 021-07







Wednesday, March 21, 2007
TUBERCULOSIS CONTINUES TO DECLINE IN NEW YORK CITY
New cases of active tuberculosis (TB) continue to decline in New York City, the Health Department announced today. The Health Department confirmed 954 cases of TB identified in 2006, a 3% decrease from the previous year, when 984 cases were confirmed. Multi-drug resistant TB accounted for 21 of these cases. Foreign-born New Yorkers continue to be disproportionately affected, accounting for 70% of new TB cases.
PRESS RELEASE # 020-07




Vital Signs


Tuesday, March 20, 2007
DEPARTMENTS OF HEALTH AND EDUCATION PRESENT FINDINGS ON DRUG AND ALCOHOL USE AMONG NYC YOUTH
A survey of New York City public high school students shows that teens were less likely to drink or use other drugs in 2005 than in 2001. One in three youth (35%) in New York City reported drinking alcohol in the past month in 2005, compared to 41% in 2001. Additionally, in 2005 approximately 12% of public high school students reported recently using marijuana, down by about a third since 2001.
PRESS RELEASE # 019-07




Poison HelpLine


Monday, March 19, 2007
CALLS TO CITY’S POISON CONTROL CENTER REACHED 67,000 LAST YEAR
The number of calls to New York City’s Poison Control Center (PCC) increased to 67,000 in 2006, a slight increase from 2005, the Health Department announced today at the beginning of National Poison Prevention Week.
PRESS RELEASE # 018-07




Fewer Female Smokers in NYC


Monday, March 19, 2007
NYC HAS 123,000 FEWER FEMALE SMOKERS NOW THAN IN 2002
Smoking is down sharply among New York City women, according to data released today by the Health Department. The number of female smokers has fallen by 123,000 in New York City since 2002 – and young women are now about half as likely to smoke as young men.
PRESS RELEASE # 017-07



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