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WashU: How NYC Passed Laws to Reduce Youth Tobacco Use

Strong partnerships, local data, and support from elected officials were key to passage of retail tobacco restrictions in New York City aimed at reducing youth smoking, according to research from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

[Photo: Dr. Sarah Moreland-Russell]

Researchers studied the steps that led to New York’s 2014 enactment of laws that raised the minimum age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21, restricted price discounts, established minimum price and packaging requirements, and increased penalties for tax evasion. The laws were among the most progressive in the nation and other local governments have since followed New York’s lead.

The study tracked the city’s efforts to pass the laws, beginning in 2011, and suggested some lessons for other communities who want to pass similar legislation:

“The policies owe their success to productive interagency cooperation and coordination, and city-wide partnerships with diverse stakeholders who create and maintain bridges between citizens and policymakers,” concluded Dr. Sarah Moreland-Russell, the study’s lead author and Senior Scholar in Policy at the Brown School.

The paper was published October 4 in Tobacco Control.

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