Resolution J1184-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 31, 2013, as World No Tobacco Day in the State of New York



  • Apr 17, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 10, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim May 31, 2013, as World No Tobacco Day in the State of New York

WHEREAS, World No Tobacco Day is observed around the world every year on
May 31st; it is meant to encourage a 24-hour period of  abstinence  from
all  forms  of  tobacco consumption across the globe; the day is further
intended to draw global attention to the widespread prevalence of tobac-
co use and to negative health  effects,  which  currently  lead  to  5.4
million deaths worldwide annually; and
  WHEREAS,  World No Tobacco Day is sponsored by the World Health Organ-
ization to call worldwide attention to the impact of tobacco use on  the
public  health  and has been observed annually since 1988 throughout the
world; and
  WHEREAS, The World Health Organization estimates that there  are  more
than  1.1  billion  smokers  in the world, about one-third of the global
population aged 15 years and older; and
  WHEREAS, Short-term health risks of tobacco use include  shortness  of
breath,  increased heart rate, exacerbation of asthma, impotence, infer-
tility and increased blood levels of carbon monoxide;  long-term  health
risks  caused  by  tobacco  use include heart attack, stroke, cancer and
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; and
  WHEREAS, Second-hand smoke is an established cause of lung  cancer  in
non-smokers,  and exposure to second-hand smoke in the home is a signif-
icant cause of respiratory ailments in children, and Sudden Infant Death
Syndrome; and
  WHEREAS, As of 1991, over 90 percent of the United States  population,
regardless  of smoking status, had measurable amounts of a by-product of
cigarette smoke in their bodies -- indicating the  exposure  to  second-
hand smoke was massive; significant progress has been made since then in
reducing  these exposures, primarily through State and local regulations
and voluntary policy changes by employers; and
  WHEREAS, The best way to  reduce  nonsmoker  exposure  to  second-hand
smoke,  in  either public or private places, is to support comprehensive
tobacco control programs that reduce youth initiation and promote cessa-
tion of smoking among all ages; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
memorialize  Governor  Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 31, 2013 as World
No Tobacco Day in the State of New York, and to  encourage  all  of  its
citizens to participate by not starting to smoke, by attempting to stop,
and by encouraging others to do the same; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to  The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New


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