From our Partners: Community Health Action of Staten Island works with the Staten Island Smoke-Free Partnership and NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free City
Please check out the webpage of our partner, the NYC Coalition for a Smoke Free City, at www.nycsmokefree.org. There, you’ll find terrific information about the Coaltion’s efforts to reduce tobacco marketing that targets youth, efforts to increase the number of smoke-free spaces and smoke-free housing in NYC, and more!
Since 2011, Community Health Action has been working alongside The Staten Island Smoke-Free Partnership and NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free City in tackling the largest cause of preventable death in the United States and worldwide: tobacco use. The facts about tobacco use make this an imperative cause for CHASI. Over 90% of adult smokers start the habit in adolescence; almost two of every three Staten Islanders smokers are heavy smokers (smoking 11 or more cigarettes a day); one third of heavy smokers will die prematurely due to a direct effect of tobacco use. Because the untimely illnesses and death due to smoking are 100% preventable, CHASI has made it a priority to do whatever possible to stop kids from ever trying this deadly product.
We’ve educated and mobilized our networks and community members about the effect that tobacco marketing has on the rate of youth initiation to smoking. Research shows that the less tobacco imagery and marketing kids see, the less chance that they will ever smoke. With tobacco being sold almost everywhere on Staten Island—and marketed and targeted toward youth very visibly--we have seen the impact of youth-oriented marketing campaigns. Staten Island currently has the highest youth and adult rate of smoking in New York City’s five boroughs, and the highest rates of asthma and lung cancer.
Going forward, CHASI will continue to tackle the epidemic of smoking and work toward a smoke-free future, with improved health for Staten Islanders.