Making it harder to smoke and easier to quit: The effect of 10 years of tobacco control in New York city

Elizabeth A. Kilgore, Jenna Mandel-Ricci, Michael Johns, Micaela H. Coady, Sarah B. Perl, Andrew Goodman, Susan M. Kansagra

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In 2002, New York City implemented a comprehensive tobacco control plan that discouraged smoking through excise taxes and smoke-free air laws and facilitated quitting through population-wide cessation services and hard-hitting media campaigns. Following the implementation of these activities through a well-funded and politically supported program, the adult smoking rate declined by 28% from 2002 to 2012, and the youth smoking rate declined by 52% from 2001 to 2011. These improvements indicate that local jurisdictions can have a significant positive effect on tobacco control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e5-e8
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2014


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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