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New Yorkers Lighting Up Hits All-Time Low

The city announced that the numbers of smokers in New York City is as low as it's ever been.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's aggressive efforts to curb smoking has paid off in a big way, with the total number of smokers down 35 percent since 2002.

This marks an all-time low for smokers in New York City, with only 14 percent of city residents regularly lighting up. 

“The fact that the adult smoking rate is the lowest it’s been since 2002 means that lives are being saved, our air is cleaner and New Yorkers are healthier,” Council Speaker Christine Quinn said in a statement. 

Smoking became outlawed in virtually all indoor areas across New York City in 2002, and has since extended outdoors, most recently to include public parks and beaches. Long standing efforts have included prohibiting the sale of cigarrettes to minors, posting tobacco warning signs at cigarette retailers and a widespread public health education campaign.

In spite of these efforts, Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas A. Farley said there is still work to be done, estimating that smoking will kill 7,000 people this year.

Those seeking help quitting are encouraged to call 311.

Moonshine September 16, 2011 at 02:15 AM
I work in the tobacco industry and I can tell you first hand New Yorker's have NOT stopped smoking. New Yorker's are going over to PA, NJ and CT to buy their smokes because they are cheaper. Here is one thing that your politicians have NOT told New York Resident's, did you know that last year alone NYS lost 1.5 Billion Dollars in Tax Revenue because your NYS Lawmakers helped permit the Indian Reservations to sell Non-Stamped smokes. 1.5 Billion Dollars was not collect and we are NYS residents are paying higher taxes every year for these little hidden secrets that our elected officials will tell YOU the NYS Resident they don't know anything about or if they do, they tell you to contact their offices. If you want to learn more and understand more about where YOUR TAX PAYING DOLLARS ARE NOT BEING PROPERLY USED contact the NYS Tobacco Association that is located in Brooklyn, NY
PS September 16, 2011 at 02:36 PM
You are wrong moonshine.
Moonshine September 17, 2011 at 02:32 AM
U then must be one of the Mayor's fools who believes whatever he says. We have the documented PROOF, so as usual U R Wrong!!

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