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Smoking statistics drop in New York

Feb 20, 2018 1:27 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office announced Feb. 20 that 14.2 percent of New Yorkers are smoking tobacco, the lowest rate since the statistics were racked. That's a 22 percent decline from 2011 and below the national average of 15.5 percent. The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, an annual statewide telephone survey of adults developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and administered by the New York State Department of Health, also reported smoking among young adults age 18-24 years, decreased by 46 percent, from 21.6 percent in 2011 to 11.7 percent in 2016. The only uptick in statistics was of e-cigarette use by high school students, which increased from 10.5 percent in 2014 to 20.6 percent in 2016. Cuomo's office says they are working on that too, with 2017 legislation banning the use of e-cigarettes on school grounds and adding e-cigarettes to New York's Clean Indoor Air Act and a 2019 budget proposal to add a tax on vapor products of 10 cents/milliliter.
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