New York City's Longer Life Expectancy Is Linked to Anti -Smoking Crusade
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
New York City heart-disease deaths have
dropped 28 percent since 2002, a decrease the Health Department attributes to
bans on public smoking, cigarette taxes and ads depicting tobacco-related illnesses.
The statistics were contained in a report Mayor Michael Bloomberg released
yesterday giving babies born in New York a record life expectancy of 80.6
years, three years more than in 2000 and above the national rate of 78.2 years.
The report also showed AIDS fatalities have dropped faster than any other cause
of death in the city.
"If you want to live longer and healthier than the average American, come
to New York City,” Bloomberg said as he released the report. "By investing in
health care and continuing to encourage more New Yorkers to take charge
of their own health, we’ve experienced dramatic improvements in life
In September, the Health Department said the city’s adult smoking rate had reached a
record low, with only 14 of 100 New Yorkers still smoking, a 35 percent
decrease since 2002. Health officials said the decline would prevent 50,000
premature deaths in the next 40 years.
Americans 65 and older now account for the largest percentage of the
population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. From 2000 to 2010, the number
of people 65 and older grew 15.1 percent while the total population increased
9.7 percent, the bureau said.
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