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Number of New York City smokers hits all-time low

(Xinhua)

16:26, September 16, 2011

NEW YORK, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced Thursday that only 14 out of 100 New Yorkers still smoking, an all-time low.

From 2002 to 2011, the city's smoking rate dropped from a high of 22 out of 100 people to the current low of 14. From 2009 to 2010 the smoking rate decreased by 11 percent and 100,000 fewer people smoked in the period of one year alone.

Smokers among teenagers have also dropped dramatically from 2001 to 2010. The number of public high school students who smoke dropped by more than half, from 18 percent to 7 percent.

"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 New Yorkers are saving their own lives by quitting," said Bloomberg at a press conference in Long Island City. "This decrease will prevent 50,000 premature deaths by the year 2052."

In the last 10 years, the New York City has implemented some significant tobacco control policies including Smoke Free Air Act, Hard-hitting Public Health Education Campaigns, Point of Sale Tobacco Warning Signs, and Prohibiting Sale to Minors, Stopping Illicit Sale of Cigarettes and Electronic Health Records.

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