Number of Smokers in New York, Slashed Down

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Only 14 per cent of the population in New York City smokes and it is the lowest record New York had according to the new statistics presented by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The sudden decrease of smokers was noted in year 2002. It was observed that about 22 per cent of the people who smoke in New York were puffing away. As expressed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, there are about almost half a million of New Yorkers who stop smoking and most of the numbers are teenagers.

“Smoking is the leading cause of preventable, premature death in New York City and the nation today and we’re proud that a record number of News Yorkers are saving their own lives by quitting,” he added. The quitting of smokers in New York City paved way for a much better lifestyle, preventing a great number of premature deaths in the years to come, and the good news – smokers are encouraged to quit and there are help readily available simply by just dialling 311.
The new figures come from the latest Community Health Survey, which polls 10,000 New Yorkers via telephone every year.

Since 2002, there was a reduction of about 35 per cent of adult smokers, this includes the 100,000 from 2009 to 2010, amounting to a total of 850,000 adult New Yorkers who smoke – Mayor Michael Bloomberg uttered. Also, it was taken into account that there was a decrease of 9 per cent to 20 per cent of teenage smoking from 2001 to 2009.

This dramatic decline to the number of smokers in New York was also attributed to some anti-smoking laws existing in the city. There was a ban on smoking in bars and restaurants in the city. Also, pair of state cigarette tax increases.

“In the last ten years we’ve become an increasingly smoke-free city, we’ve reduced the exposure to second hand smoke for millions of New Yorkers by passing several measures to strengthen our Smoke Free Air Act, including an amendment last May that made our public parks and beaches smoke-free. This matters because according to experts secondhand smoke causes more cancer deaths than asbestos, benzene, arsenic, and pesticides combined.” said city council speaker Christine Quinn.

“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.” She added.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization, in 2002, reported that:

  • About a third of the male adult global population smokes.
  • Smoking related-diseases kill one in 10 adults globally, or cause four million deaths. By 2030, if current trends continue, smoking will kill one in six people.
  • Every eight seconds, someone dies from tobacco use.
  • Smoking is on the rise in the developing world but falling in developed nations. Among Americans, smoking rates shrunk by nearly half in three decades (from the mid-1960s to mid-1990s), falling to 23% of adults by 1997. In the developing world, tobacco consumption is rising by 3.4% per year.
  • About 15 billion cigarettes are sold daily – or 10 million every minute.
  • About 12 times more British people have died from smoking than from World War II.
  • Cigarettes cause more than one in five American deaths




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