Despite great strides in reducing smoking in NYC, our youth smoking rates have remained the same for the past seven years, and tobacco still remains the leading cause of preventable death, killing thousands.
A new study shows that low-income smokers in New York spend 25 percent of their income on cigarettes. Smokers' rights advocates argue that this proves high taxes on cigarettes are punitive and regressive. We couldn't disagree more.
In cities like New York with dense populations and a prevalence of multi-family unit housing, it's no wonder that people are exposed to secondhand smoke right in their own living rooms. We must increase the availability of smokefree housing.