Smoke-Free Housing: A Resolution in Queens

Our overall mission is to promote a tobacco-free society that benefits the health of all NYC residents. Some of our work at the community level includes partnering with local Community Boards across NYC to heighten awareness of tobacco control issues and support neighborhood based efforts. Recently, Queens Community Board 11 passed a resolution encouraging SFH policies in multi-unit dwellings as well as support for Smoking Disclosure Policies. To help provide a glimpse into the process, we have invited a guest blogger, Susan Cerezo, the Queens Community Board 11 Health Committee Co-Chairperson:

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Susan Cerezo, Queens CB 11 Health Committee Co-Chair

Smoke-Free Housing.

Almost everyone knows or connects to a loved one or to a friend who has dealt with ramifications with cigarette smoking and/or second hand smoke. At the October 6th Community Board (CB) meeting during public participation, Phil Konigsberg, a CB 7 Health Committee member, presented a resolution for Smoke-Free Housing for multifamily dwellings, including coops and condos. Continue reading

Here’s to Your Health: Celebrating our Progress in Tobacco Control

Some Coalition staff at the celebration.

Some Coalition staff at the celebration.

On June 18, 2014, Public Health Solutions celebrated progress in public health at its benefit, To Your Health 2014.  Colleagues, friends, and stakeholders joined us at Guastavino’s, a perfect backdrop for an evening of celebration, community, and commitment.

The work of the Coalition, a program of Public Health Solutions, was highlighted during the event.  This video shows the tremendous strides made in tobacco control and prevention.

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LGBT Youth Speaks Out

Kevin Avila, LGBT Smoke-Free Project Intern at The Center

Kevin Avila, LGBT Smoke-Free Project Intern at The Center

According to the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, in 2011, smoking rates among lesbian and gay youth were over three times higher when compared with heterosexual youth.

The Coalition works with organizations, including the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Community Center (The Center) in NYC, to reduce LGBT smoking rates. A group of LGBT youth are working with The Center‘s LGBT Smoke-Free Project to raise awareness about the disproportionate impact of tobacco among their peers and in their community.

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Have You Met Phil?


FP titleMeet Flat Phil, a cartoon tobacco executive designed by youth interns at the LGBT Community Center, who will be roaming the streets of NYC this summer! Short for Philip, Phil is always scheming up ways to target our communities and keep smoking popular.  The NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free City and our partners will use Phil over the coming weeks to raise awareness around the negative effects of big tobacco on our lives and neighborhoods.

Tobacco companies spend billions of dollars every year on marketing and advertisements, many of which target vulnerable communities including youth, the LGBT community, and ethnic and racial minorities, to promote smoking – the number one cause of preventable death in the United States. This summer, we’re using photographs of Flat Phil to put big tobacco in the spotlight and reveal their dirty tricks and tactics.

Want to join in our fight against Big Tobacco? For more information about Flat Phil, visit and be sure to follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page to keep up with all things Phil-related!  Who knows, he may even be targeting your community next!

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Good Partners Make Good Sense

Manhattan Community Board #1

Manhattan Community Board #1

You’re only as good as your partners.  That axiom is essential to the Coalition’s success.  We partner with community members, legislators, and local health advocates to promote a smoke-free city through neighborhood-based efforts, information sharing, and policy change.  Our success would not be possible without a number of health and youth-focused organizations throughout the city.

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New Report: Putting Prevention to Work in New York City

CSS White Paper Cover ImageThe NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free City was honored to be a part of the Communities Putting Prevention to Work Grant (CPPW), a federally funded initiative to combat obesity and tobacco use that spanned fifty communities across the United States where over fifty million people live.

As part of this grant, the Coalition provided funding at both the borough and citywide level to non-profit organizations that committed to increasing awareness in their communities of the harmful effects of tobacco use and secondhand smoke, as well as how tobacco marketing in stores at the point-of-sale perpetuates the epidemic of tobacco-related disease.

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NYPIRG and the Coalition: Working in the Public’s Interest

The Coalition is only as strong as our partners.  We depend on the expertise, experience and commitment of some of New York’s finest organizations that work on behalf of the public’s interest.  NYPIRG is one of those organizations.

The New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) is New York State’s largest student-directed research and advocacy organization. Over the years, they’ve played a key role in fighting for more than 150 public interest laws and executive orders, while training students and other New Yorkers to be advocates.

As we work to increase awareness among community members and policy makers of tobacco control issues, NYPIRG has been an invaluable partner.  In the past, NYPIRG worked with the Coalition on our efforts to reduce secondhand smoke at New York City public parks and beaches, and our partnership continues in our efforts to reduce youth smoking rates.

NYPIRG leads a media training workshop for Bronx community partners.

NYPIRG has been working with the Coalition’s five Borough Partnerships to educate and activate community-based organizations around tobacco control.

NYPIRG created a Smoke-Free Community Education & Media Toolkit as a resource for community groups and public health advocates, whether they are experienced or new to tobacco control issues.  The subsequent Student Smoke-Free Toolkit is an adaptation for raising awareness among campus communities.  We look forward to sharing these resources with our community partners and colleagues both in the City and across the country.

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