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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 037-08
Wednesday, May 28, 2008

MEDIA CONTACT: (212) 788-5290
Jessica Scaperotti: jscapero@health.nyc.gov;
Sara Markt: smarkt@health.nyc.gov
Celina De Leon: cdeleon@health.nyc.gov


QUITTING SMOKING WILL SAVE NEW YORK CITY SMOKERS $3,000 A YEAR

Mayor Proclaims June 3rd “NYC Quits Day” as Cigarette Pack Price Tops $8

NEW YORK CITY – May 28, 2008 – Season Major League Baseball tickets…$2,025. A quarter- carat diamond engagement ring…$2,799. A ten-day Caribbean cruise…$1,750. For the 1 million New Yorkers who still smoke, these things could be theirs – if they quit.  Beginning June 3rd, a pack of cigarettes will cost more than $8, adding up to almost $3,000 a year for the pack-a-day smoker, and making New York City cigarettes the most expensive in the country.

$8.00 per packMayor Michael R. Bloomberg has proclaimed June 3rd as “NYC Quits Day.” And starting this week, the Health Department will launch television and radio ads, special events, and nicotine patch giveaways to urge New Yorkers to quit June 3rd. The campaign shows New Yorkers what they are giving up to smoke – from shopping sprees and plasma TVs to day care and health insurance. New Yorkers can visit www.nyc.gov/quitjune3 or call 311 for more information and help.

“Smoking is costing you your health,” said Dr. Thomas R. Frieden New York City, Health Commissioner for New York City. “But if you need an extra push to quit, you should know that smoking will now also cost you almost $3,000 a year. If you quit, the savings could buy you a bigger apartment, a summer vacation, or, over time, your child’s college education.”

Increasing the price of cigarettes has proven to be the most effective way of motivating New Yorkers to quit.  Tax increases in 2002 spurred a 21% drop in adult smoking and a 52% drop in smoking among New York City public high school students as the Mayor announced earlier this year. The new state tax increase of $1.25 is expected to cut the number of smokers significantly and save tens of thousands of lives.

Five Tips to Make Quitting Easier
  1. Prepare yourself. Make a list of the reasons for quitting and plan for situations that may tempt you to smoke.
  2. Pick a “quit date.” Get rid of ashtrays and lighters, and all cigarettes.
  3. Make your home and car smoke-free. It is healthier for others and will help you resist smoking.
  4. Get support and encouragement. Tell your family, friends, and co-workers that you are quitting and ask for their support. If you use medicines to quit, you can double or triple your chances of success.
  5. Find a “quit buddy.” Ask a smoker to quit with you, or find someone who has already quit who you can talk to for support.

The Health Department and its partners are offering nicotine replacement therapy at no cost on June 3rd. Events are scheduled at locations throughout the five boroughs (see table below).

June 3rd Nicotine Patch Giveaway Sites

Brooklyn

Coney Island Hospital

2601 Ocean Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11235

718-616-5039

10-2

Cumberland Diagnostic and Treatment Center

100 Portland Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

718-260-7756

11-3

East New York Diagnostic & Treatment Center

2094 Pitkin Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11207

718-240-0611

10-3

Islamic Society of Bay Ridge

6807 5th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11220

917-915-8733

12-3

King's County Hospital Center

E-Building Plaza
541 Clarkson Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11203

718-245-2782

10-3

New Concepts Community Support Services

Gateway Mall
409 Gateway Drive
Brooklyn, NY 11220

718-495-0126

12-6

NYC Health Dept.

Fort Greene Chest Center
295 Flatbush Avenue Extension, 4th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201

212-239-3035

9-2:30

NYC Health Dept.

Bedford Chest Center
485 Throop Avenue, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11221

212-239-3035

9-2:30

NYC DOHMH Brooklyn District Public Health Office

480 Knickerbocker Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11237

646-253-5713

11-1:30

Turning Point

80A 4th Avenue (between Bergen & St. Marks)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

718-439-0077

10-12

Turning Point

79 Lorraine Street
Brooklyn, NY 11220

718-439-0077

12-2

Turning Point

5220 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11231

718-439-0077

9-5

United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg

32 Penn Street, Conference Room
Brooklyn, NY 11211

718-643-9700 x231

10-5

Woodhull Medical Center

760 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11206

718-963-8913

10-4

 

Bronx

Bronx Correction Community Linkage Program

198 East 161st Street
Bronx, NY 10451

347-203-3246

9-4

Jacobi Medical Center

1400 Pelham Parkway South
Bronx, NY 10461

718-918-3784

1-4

Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center

234 East 149th Street
Bronx, NY 10451

718-579-4934

10-2

North Central Bronx Hospital

3424 Kossuth Avenue
Bronx, NY 10467

718-918-3784

9-12

NYC Health Dept.

Morrisania Chest Center
1309 Fulton Avenue, 1st Floor
Bronx, NY 10456

212-239-3035

9-2:30

NYC Health Dept. - Bronx District Public Health Office

Crotona Park
at the entrance of East Tremont Avenue
Bronx, NY 10457

718-466-4319

10-2

 

Manhattan

Bellevue Hospital Center

462 First Avenue
New York, NY 10016

212-562-6087

9-5

Community Health Action of Staten Island, Inc.

Staten Island Ferry terminal at Whitehall (lower Manhattan)

718-808-1314

3-7

Gouverneur Healthcare Services

227 Madison Street
New York, NY 10002

212-238-7570

10-3

Harlem Hospital Center

506 Lenox Avenue
NY, NY 10026

212-939-8222

10-3

Metropolitan Hospital Center

1901 First Avenue (97 & 1st Avenue)
New York, NY 10029

212-423-7211

10-12

NYC Health Dept.

Chelsea Chest Center
303 Ninth Avenue
NY, NY 10001

212-239-3035

9-2:30

NYC Health Dept.

Washington Heights Chest Center
600 West 168th Street, 3rd Floor
NY, NY 10032

212-239-3035

9-2:30

NYC Health Dept. - East and Central Harlem District Public Health Office

Carver Housing Residents Association
1481 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10029

646-672-2376

12-4

Renaissance Health Care Network Diagnostic & Treatment Center

215 West 125 Street (Between 7th & 8th Avenue)
New York, NY 10027

212-939-8222

10-3

St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital

440 West 114th Street, Outpatient Entrance
New York, NY 10025

212-523-5471

9-12

St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital

University Medical Practice Associates
374 West 125th Street
New York, NY 10027

212-523-5471

12:30-3

United Federation of Teachers

52 Broadway
New York, NY 10004

212-598-7763

11-3

United Nations

United Nations Headquarters (42nd Street & 1st Avenue)
866 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017

212-963-9009

10-2

UNITEHERE Health Center

275 7th Avenue, 4th Floor Lobby
New York, NY 10001

212-812-3557

9:30-12

 

Queens

Elmhurst Hospital Center/Queensborough Community College

79-01 Broadway
Elmhurst, NY 11373

718-334-3528

10-2

Flushing Hospital Medical Center

Queens Library
41-17 Main Street
Flushing, NY 11355

718-661-1200

10-3

Flushing Hospital Medical Center

45th Avenue at Parsons (at main entrance)
Flushing, NY 11351

718-661-1201

1-4

Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc.

H&Y Marketplace (parking lot)
150-51 Northern Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11354

212-356-9685

2-5

NYC Health Dept.

Corona Chest Center
34-33 Junction Boulevard, 2nd Floor
Queens, NY 11372

212-239-3035

9-2:30

Queens College

Queens College
Frese Hall 3rd Floor
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11367

718-997-2760

9-5

Queens Hospital Center

82-70 164th Street
Jamaica, NY 11432

718-883-4210

11:30-5:30

Queensborough Community College - CUNY

222-05 56th Avenue, Humanities Quad
Bayside, NY 11364
(If raining, will be in the Science Lobby)

718-631-6375

11-3

 

Staten Island

Staten Island University Hospital

475 Seaview Avenue, Main Lobby
Staten Island, NY 10305

718-226-6125

10-4

Staten Island University Hospital

Center for Women's Health
440 Seaview Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305

718-227-6715

10-4

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