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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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theboyslover theboyslover 10 years
This is great!
mlmoreno47 mlmoreno47 10 years
I tried to quit smoking for so long, even convincing everyone I had by smoking in secret. Seriously, try chantix. Fit, if you could put a post about it that would be amazing. I can't believe how well this stuff worked! I've been smoke free for over 2 months meanwhile my parents and friends continue to smoke I don't even want one a little bit. It also helps other compulsive behaviors I think because I also stopped biting my nails!
nycgirl nycgirl 10 years
I actually like the smoke-free-ness, although it was weird at first to be able to see clearly in a club or bar. I quit b/c my fiance wanted me to. It was good timing too b/c who wants to smoke standing outside in sub-zero weather!
Seraphim Seraphim 10 years
wooohoooo thats great!!! hopefully everywhere becomes smoke free!!! :)
jhuck jhuck 10 years
Good job NYC! I love it when I hear about things like this. I was quite surprised when I did my hospital placement earlier this year in Toronto, and the hospital banned smoking on every inch of their property. Therefore all the employees had to quit for at least business hours. I'm trying to get my roomate to quit right now.
suzanne suzanne 10 years
Well look at you NYC!!! :WOOHOO:
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