DOH releases report on New York adults’ cigarette smoking
Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease in the United States and causes approximately one in five deaths. DOH’s new report, BRFSS Brief: Cigarette Smoking, New York State Adults, 2017, provides information on preventable diseases caused by cigarette smoking and identifies populations with the highest rates of smoking, including adults with mental distress, adults enrolled in Medicaid and adults who are unemployed.
14.1% of adults in New York are defined as current smokers, and the development of preventable diseases continues. This report can be utilized to educate individuals on the relationship between smoking and preventable diseases and to inform smoking cessation interventions. Contact: Sue Ellen Wagner