Today Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Council Speaker Christine Quinn released new numbers which show that only 14 percent of New Yorkers still smoke, an all-time low.
According to the mayor, there are 450,000 fewer smokers in New York City, with the sharpest drops coming among Staten Islanders and teens.
“Smoking is the leading cause of preventable, premature death in New York City and the nation today and we’re proud that a record number of News Yorkers are saving their own lives by quitting,” Bloomberg said in a statement. “This decrease will prevent 50,000 premature deaths by the year 2052 and I encourage those who are still smoking to take this opportunity to get help quitting.”
The announcement comes on the heels of a May law passed by the City Council which banned smoking in parks and public places and a series of grisly television and billboard ads warning of the dangers of smoking.