New Yorker’s are smoking less than ever.
This can be attributed to the states cessation and prevention efforts. The statewide adult smoking rate is 14.2 percent as of 2016, a 22 percent decline from 2011 and below the national average of 15.5 percent.
“These record lows demonstrate that New York’s anti-smoking efforts are working,” said Governor Cuomo. “Reducing smoking — and the death and misery that come with it — is critical to protecting public health and we will continue our work to create a safer and healthier New York for all.”
Smoking rates have declined even more dramatically among young adults age 18-24 years, decreasing by 46 percent, from 21.6 percent in 2011 to 11.7 percent in 2016.
High school smoking fell to a record low of 4.3 percent in 2016, from 27.1 percent in 2000.
Despite the success of the government programs in reducing cigarette use, the study found that there was an increase of e-cigarette use by high schoolers. E-cigarettes have been banned on school grounds and public indoor spaces as part of New York’s Clean Air Act.
Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in both the United States and in New York State (NYS). In New York, tobacco use is responsible for more than 28,000 deaths annually.
To date, the U.S. Surgeon General has identified sixteen different types of cancers caused by smoking.
Smoking is the most common cause of lung cancer, and an estimated 30 percent of all cancer deaths are related to cigarette smoking.
In addition, there is sufficient evidence of a causal relationship between exposure to secondhand smoke and lung cancer, stroke and heart disease, and, in children, respiratory symptoms such as impaired lung functioning and lower respiratory illness, middle ear disease and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).