Treat smoking as addiction, not habit: NY Health Department

Treat smoking as addiction, not habit: NY Health Department
Fewer New Yorkers than ever are lighting up, but cigarettes still pose a public health risk.ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images

Fewer New Yorkers than ever are lighting up, but cigarettes still pose a public health risk.

New York health officials say doctors need to treat smoking as an addiction instead of just a bad habit.

The state Department of Health on Friday said it’s launching a new campaign encouraging doctors and other health care providers to recommend medication and counseling to smokers looking to quit.

New York Health Commissioner Howard Zucker says that 2.1 million New Yorkers continue to smoke, though the overall smoking rate is at its lowest point in history.

The state says medication such as nicotine replacement therapies such as nicotine gum and patches and counseling are the best tools to help people quit.

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