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New York City Smoking Rates Plummet

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New York City has announced that smoking rates have declined from 35 percent in 2002 to just 14 percent in 2010, thanks to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s efforts. “Our multi-faceted approach is helping New Yorkers quit smoking,” Deputy Mayor Gibbs said regarding the announcement. “The City’s cessation supports—including the 311 Quit-line, hard-hitting public health education campaigns, changes in legislation such as the 2002 Smoke-Free Air Act and excise taxes on cigarettes – have resulted in successful quitters and declines in death rates.”

Nationally, one in five Americans still smoke, and those rates tend to be higher among minority communities.