Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Women are smoking less in New York

New York Times has carried a survey that says that women in New York have reduced smoking.

According to the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Community Health Survey, a random telephone survey of 10,000 residents, "The number of female smokers over 18 has dropped from 630,000 in 2002 to 507,000 in 2005." As per the suryey, the smoking rate among women fell from 20 per cent to 16 percent in 2002-2005.

The drop in the number of smokers may be because of the fact that women are a lot more health-focused now. Another contributing factor could be the anti-smoking initiatives of Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg levied higher taxes and bannedsmoking in bars.

Bloomberg himself a former smoker had said last year that he would personally contribute $125 million for a worldwide campaign against smoking. I guess it's true what they say about the newly reformed....


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