Fund smoking cessation programs in New York City
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to ask that you empower the DOHMH and NYCHA with the resources that they need to address tobacco use by the most vulnerable New Yorkers. Smoking is the number one cause of preventable death and disease in New York City. Although smoking rates in New York City have declined significantly in the past decade, negative health consequences from tobacco addiction continue to disproportionately affect the City's most vulnerable groups.
Residents living in public housing are some of the most economically vulnerable and at risk for preventable death and disease. Public housing residents have some of the highest smoking rates in the City (20 percent) compared to the citywide average of 13.1 percent. By the end of July 2018, a new U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rule will require that all the nation's public housing properties be entirely smoke-free. With over 400,000 New Yorkers living in over 2,500 HUD regulated residential buildings in New York City, the new HUD rule will have a significant impact on the lives of New Yorkers.
New York City has come a long way in reducing tobacco use and saving lives, but significant disparities exist. Thankfully, we know what works to help adults quit, and keep kids from starting. We ask that you empower the DOHMH and NYCHA with the resources that they need to address tobacco use by the most vulnerable New Yorkers.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]