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Blood tests reveal tobacco smoke residues in non-smoking New Yorkers
Date:4/8/2009

e likely to have low-birth-weight babies, pre-term delivery and miscarriage.

  • Second-hand smoke is especially bad for children. When parents smoke, babies are more likely to die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Children have more illnesses, including ear infections and asthma. Teens are more likely to become smokers themselves.

  • There is no risk-free level of exposure to second-hand smoke.

    What to do to reduce your exposure or protect your family

    • Make your home smoke-free. For more information, read How to Make Your Home Smoke-Free.

    • If you smoke, quit. This is the best way to protect your family. If you need help quitting, try nicotine replacement therapy (patches or gum), which can double your chances of quitting successfully. Call 311 for more help.

    Key Health Department anti-tobacco efforts

    There are more than 300,000 fewer adult smokers in New York City than in 2002 a 21% decline in adult smoking. Youth smoking has declined by 52% during the same period. The Health Department works to reduce tobacco use through these and other efforts, including:

    • Anti-smoking educational campaigns that illustrate the dangers and consequences of smoking and the benefits of quitting.

    • Nicotine replacement therapy giveaways, which significantly increase smokers' likelihood of quitting for good. The agency gives away approximately 60,000 kits each year.

    • Enforcing the Smoke-Free Air Act, which protects New Yorkers from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke at work. Compliance remains high, at 95%.

    About the data

    Cotinine levels were assessed through the New York City Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which is modeled after the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). The Health Department assessed a variety of health issues, ranging from diabetes to depression, by vi
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  • Contact: Jessica Scaperotti
    pressoffice@health.nyc.gov
    212-788-5290
    New York City Health Department
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