Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Moreover, it is a pediatric epidemic—nearly 90% of daily adult smokers began by age of 18, 99% by the age of 26. As the Surgeon General recently stated, “[T]here are proven methods to prevent this epidemic from claiming yet another generation, if our nation has the will to implement those methods in every state and community.”
The Public Health and Tobacco Policy Center supports communities in New York and Vermont relevant to the development of evidence-based policies to reduce tobacco use. For more information on his work, please see our Policy Areas pages.