Teen Smoking Rates Has Dropped by Half in New York

by VR Sreeraman on  January 6, 2008 at 1:16 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
Teen Smoking Rates Has Dropped by Half in New York
Smoking has becoming "uncool" among teenagers in New York city, with smoking rates dropping by more than half in the past six years, it has been revealed.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Frieden said last year's smoking rate among city teens was 8.5 percent, approximately two-thirds lower than the latest available nationwide teen smoking rate of 23 percent.

Bloomberg and Frieden said that they credited the decline to the city's sustained efforts to reduce smoking among adults, which include a tax increase, the smoke-free workplace law and TV and subway ads that graphically depict the realities of tobacco-related illnesses.

Source: ANI

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