This post, New York City in Bloom, was sponsored by Tobacco Free New York State as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Last week I was traveling and whenever I leave Manhattan, I am always asked how I like living in New York. The answer has evolved over the last year as we have navigated the aches (the five flights of stairs to our apartment), and pains (the five flights of stairs to our apartment) that come along with the adjustment of living here, but currently my answer is: I love it. It has made our family closer, my kids braver, and our eyes open wider. It’s the most fun and fast and colorful and delicious city and watching my kids take it in, explore and make sense of it makes my heart full. It’s a gift to see it through their eyes and I’ll never get tired of the juxtaposition of those tiny people skipping and running against the backdrop of this big place.
Plus, right now it’s just something else. Look at those blooms!
New York is the most wonderful place to raise little ones because there is so much to experience even in the mundane tasks in a normal day. A cat might run across their feet while grabbing milk at the bodega, they speed on a zooming subway to go to dance class, and they can spy the top of the Chrysler Building out the window from the chair at their dentist office.
However, with all of the beauty and excitement that is all around, tobacco companies are spending billions to put their products in front of kids in our stores here in NYC. In fact, in New York they are trying extra hard since the average age of a new smoker in New York State is 13 years old. Studies show that the more kids see tobacco, the more likely they are to start smoking. I want my kiddos to see more art and architecture and trees and sky and less tobacco, so I’m signing the “Seen Enough Tobacco” pledge to make New York a healthier place to live and to raise kids.
We love this city and want our kids to be able to do and see it all. I mean, there is A LOT of pizza to eat out there! We’ve gotta take this seriously! So, I encourage you to sign the “Seen Enough Tobacco” petition today too, and tell big tobacco our kids have seen enough.
Here’s to healthy, happy kids! And an NYC that gets more beautiful all the time.