Countless New Yorkers are struggling to quit smoking cigarettes right now, and the people of The New York State Smokers' Quitline have discovered a major reason why. Not only that, but they are supporting a proposed policy that would ban the products responsible for keeping the smoking population in New York hooked.

If the proposal is accepted, in the long-run, the change could actually help save lives.

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New York Organization Poses Problem, Solution to Smokers Struggling to Quit

An interesting report was put out from the folks at the New York State Smokers' Quitline, in which they detailed one major reason why New Yorkers may be struggling to quit their smoking habit.

The organization says flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes are a major reason that people struggle to kick the habit. Because of this, the group is also in support of a proposed policy that would ban the use of these flavored products in the state.

They say that the removal of these products could increase the amount of quit-attempts they see in the New York population, which in turn, could save a lot of people from the dangers of a long-term smoking habit.

Unsplash / Uitbundig
Unsplash / Uitbundig

It's a fascinating study, especially when it describes why the flavored products can be so addictive. It all has to do with the amount of inhaling that a person does when smoking a cigarette. The body's natural reaction is to try to kick the smoke back out of the body, but when a flavor is added to the mix, that can trick the body into believing the whole thing is a pleasurable experience.

It makes smoking easier, and more addictive, which in turn, becomes dangerous much faster.

Unsplash / Donny Jiang
Unsplash / Donny Jiang

So, what can be done about this? The Quitline says that a proposed policy (as part of the New York State 2024 Executive Budget) would ban the sale of all flavored commercial tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes. Nothing is set in-stone, but the policy is out there, and appears to be gaining steam.

More updates to follow, as New Yorkers who struggle to quit smoking get closer to getting the help they desperately need.

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