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Congratulations NYC: Smoking Down 19%

Quitting smoking is something I can wholeheartedly support, and if you can break the habit in the big apple you can break it anywhere. My clumsy changes to the classic lyrics really don't do justice to the excitement I feel about the drop in the amount of smokers living in NYC.

Maybe it seems a little weird to get so excited over this but a 19% decrease in adult smokers is huge. It means there are 240,000 less smokers living in NYC. If you project the numbers a little further you come up with this statistic - since a third of all smokers die from smoking related illnesses, 80,000 lives have been saved.

Increase in taxes on cigarettes on both the state and city level made the price of cigarettes very expensive and smoking was banned in virtually all indoor workplaces, including restaurants and bars in 2003. The one, two punch of exorbitant price and nowhere to light up really helped some folks stamp out a bad habit. It took a while but the measures really paid off.

If you are contemplating quitting smoking set a "quit date" and read these posts about reasons to quit and ways to stop the nicotine cravings.

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