As New York City's doctor, I am outraged that the tobacco industry continues its insidious marketing practices. But as a former smoker, I also know that New Yorkers are smart and can see through these tactics and, with support, can and will quit.
New York State's highest court ruled on June 26 against New York City's proposal to limit the size of servings of sugary sodas. It's a ruling that raises real concerns about limiting the ability of municipal health departments to tackle 21st-century public health challenges.
The entire city suffered physical, emotional, and financial damage. The epidemic will stop being a threat when every New Yorker will sustain a shared response to this communal and ongoing public health challenge.