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Am J Public Health. 2014 Jun;104(6):e5-8. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.301940. Epub 2014 Apr 17.

Making it harder to smoke and easier to quit: the effect of 10 years of tobacco control in New York City.

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Elizabeth A. Kilgore, Jenna Mandel-Ricci, Michael Johns, Micaela H. Coady, Sarah B. Perl, and Susan M. Kansagra are with the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York, NY. Andrew Goodman is with the Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.


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.

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