New CDC Report: Smoking Kills 25,400 in New York Each Year

New CDC Report: Smoking Kills 25,400 in New York Each Year

Health Groups Call on New York Leaders to Support Tobacco Prevention Program

BINGHAMTON, NY – Cigarette smoking kills 25,400 people in New York each year, resulting in 344,100 years of potential life lost annually, according to a new report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Nationwide, smoking kills at least 443,000 people in the U.S. each year, resulting in 5.1 million years of potential life lost. While smoking rates have been declining nationally and in most states, rates are not declining fast enough to reduce the total number of deaths from smoking, according to the CDC.

In addition to the lives lost each year, tobacco use costs New York $8.17 billion annually in health care expenses, including $5.4 billion in Medicaid payments alone. Government expenditures related to tobacco amount to a hidden tax of $900 each year on every New York household. In New York, 13.8% percent of high school students are current smokers, and 23,900 more kids become regular smokers every year.
 
To reduce smoking related deaths, the report recommends that states fully implement “comprehensive evidence-based approaches for preventing smoking initiation and increasing cessation” and fund tobacco prevention and cessation programs at the level recommended by the CDC.
 
States have been most successful at reducing tobacco use when they have implemented a comprehensive strategy that includes three scientifically proven measures: increases in tobacco taxes, laws requiring that all workplaces and public places be smoke-free, and effective, well-funded programs to prevent children from smoking and help smokers quit. New York State currently has the highest cigarette excise tax rate at $2.75 per pack and has a Clean Indoor Air Act requiring all workplaces and public places be smoke-free. However, New York does not fund its comprehensive tobacco control program at the level recommended by the CDC and the program has received budget cuts recently due to the fiscal crisis in New York.

 

02/03/2009 - 11:00am