Smoking Statistics

The smoking rates in New York City are a cause for serious concern. See below some figures that highlight the impact of smoking across the City and in your borough.

 

In New York City…

  • 16.1% of residents (>1,000,000 people) smoke.(1)
  • 20,000 public high school students currently smoke cigarettes(2); one-third of whom will die prematurely as a direct result of smoking.(3)
  • More than 200,000 children are still exposed to secondhand smoke at home.(4)
  • New York State residents’ tax burden from smoking-related healthcare costs is $893 per household.(5)
  • Annual health care costs in New York State directly caused by smoking is $10.39 billion.(5)
 

In the Bronx…

  • 15.8% of residents (156,000 people) smoke.(6)
  • 3,000 high school students currently smoke cigarettes;(7) one-third of whom will die prematurely as a direct result of smoking.(8)
 

In Brooklyn…

  • 16% of residents (304,000 people) smoke.(9)
  • 5,000 public high school students currently smoke cigarettes;(10) one-third of whom will die prematurely as a direct result of smoking.(11)
 

In Manhattan…

  • 15.3% of residents (202,000 people) smoke.(12)
  • 4,000 public high school students currently smoke cigarettes;(13); one-third of whom will die prematurely as a direct result of smoking.(14)
 

In Queens…

  • 14.9% of residents (261,000 people) smoke.(15)
  • 6,000 public high school students currently smoke cigarettes;(16) one-third of whom will die prematurely as a direct result of smoking.(17)
 

In Staten Island…

  • 16.5% of residents (58,000 people) smoke.(18)
  • 2,000 public high school students currently smoke cigarettes;(19) one-third of whom will die prematurely as a direct result of smoking.(20)

  1. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Press Release, September 15, 2014.
  2. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. New York City Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2011.
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  "Projected smoking-related deaths among youth--United States." MMWR. 45(44).1996.
  4. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. More and more New Yorkers recognizing that secondhand smoke is toxic. 5 May 2007. Print.
  5. Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. Fact Sheet: The Toll of Tobacco in New York. June 20, 2014.
  6. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. New York City Community Health Survey 2012.
  7. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. New York City Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2011.
  8. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Projected smoking-related deaths among youth--United States." MMWR. 45(44). 1996.
  9. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. New York City Community Health Survey 2012.
  10. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. New York City Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2011.
  11. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Projected smoking-related deaths among youth--United States." MMWR. 45(44). 1996.
  12. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. New York City Community Health Survey 2012.
  13. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. New York City Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2011.
  14. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Projected smoking-related deaths among youth--United States." MMWR. 45(44). 1996.
  15. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. New York City Community Health Survey 2012.
  16. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. New York City Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2011.
  17. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Projected smoking-related deaths among youth--United States." MMWR. 45(44). 1996.
  18. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. New York City Community Health Survey 2012.
  19. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. New York City Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2011.
  20. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Projected smoking-related deaths among youth--United States." MMWR. 45(44). 1996.
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