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  • de blasio anti smoking presser 2020

    (photo via the Mayor's Office)

    Following the announcement of a nationwide smoking ban in public housing residences last year, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) has been preparing to implement the controversial federal policy across its more than 320 developments that house approximately half-a-million residents.

    “Smoke-Free NYCHA” involves updating

  • de Blasio anti-smoking

    Mayor de Blasio & co. (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office)

    Thanks to aggressive policies and programs over the past decade, the adult smoking rate declined significantly in New York City, from 21.5% in 2002 to 14.0% in 2010. However, to maintain these gains we need to continue to update our tobacco control policies to respond to an ever-changing market where tobacco company strategy attempts to circumvent current