About Us

NYC Treats Tobacco is a five-year grant funded by the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Tobacco Control based in the Department of Population Health at the NYU Langone Medical Center. The goal of the project is to implement tobacco use treatment into medical and behavioral health care organizations and reduce the burden of tobacco-related disease.

Tobacco use causes over 28,200 premature deaths and $10.39 billion in direct health care expenditures and productivity losses each year in New York State. More than 70 percent of people who smoke visit a healthcare provider each year, and most want and expect their providers to assist them with quitting. NYC Treats Tobacco, in partnership with the Primary Care Information Project at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, is working to empower healthcare providers in New York City to integrate tobacco cessation interventions into routine clinical care.

Mission

NYC Treats Tobacco works in partnership with New York City medical and behavioral health care organizations to implement policies and system changes that integrate routine screening and evidence-based treatment for tobacco use, with a focus on providers serving communities with socioeconomic and psychosocial difficulties.

Vision

Every person seeking medical or mental health care in New York City will be screened for tobacco use, with their smoking status documented in their health record. All who use tobacco will be advised and assisted by their provider to access and navigate evidence-based treatment for tobacco cessation.

Why focus on health systems change for tobacco control?

  • Increases the likelihood that providers will address tobacco use with their patients
  • Reduces the burden of tobacco-related disease on in populations
  • Aligns with state and federal health priorities and regulatory standards, such as Meaningful Use and the Affordable Care Act
  • Reduces smoking-related health care costs and lost productivity
  • Improves overall quality of health care delivery