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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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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