New York City Smoking Rates Plummet

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.