Great American Smokeout

Media Contact: 
Lindsay Mogle
Communications Specialist
(315) 624-5602
38 Years Later, Tobacco Still Kills Too Many New Yorkers
Release Date: 
Nov 25, 2013

On Thursday, November 21, 2013, the Tri-County Quits Tobacco Cessation Program at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare celebrated the 38th year of the Great American Smokeout. After nearly four decades, tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death, killing more than 25,000 New Yorkers every year. Tri-County Quits invites tobacco users to make a pledge to quit in honor of the Great American Smokeout.

Quitting smoking is the single most important step you can take to reduce your risk of cancer. The American Cancer Society suggests that 60 percent of cancers could be avoided if people stopped using tobacco. Smoking is the major cause of lung cancer which is responsible for more deaths than the next three most common cancers combined (colon, breast, prostate).

The New York State (NYS) Tobacco Control Program effectively reduces tobacco use, saves lives and saves money. The NYS Department of Health estimate s that approximately 25 percent of the total decline in adult smoking is attributable to youth-prevention strategies. The significant reduction in smoking among young adults will reduce future health care costs by approximately $5 billion.

The 2003 expanded Clean Indoor Air Act, higher cigarette taxes and the state’s comprehensive tobacco control program have contributed to a 53 percent reduction in New York’s smoking rate among high school students. Unfortunately, there are still more than 100,000 high school students who smoke in New York State.

Efforts to help smokers quit and keep kids from starting to smoke will continue to have a major impact on the health of New York State now and in the future. Smokers are encouraged to take advantage of all resources available through Tri-County Quits Tobacco Cessation Program and give quitting a chance.

For more information, call (315) 624-5639.