A CDC journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, says that New York City has set an example for the entire nation regarding reducing smoking. CDC also stated that the aggressive implement that New York City has accomplished is the reason for the dramatic drop in numbers.
According to the MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), when New York City began its effort to reduce smoking, the rate decreased to 21.6% and then to 17.6% in 2006. Since 1997, New York City has reduced the rate of high school smoking by 52% and 11% in 2005, compared to the national rate of 23%.
The reason for such drastic changes in numbers is from the comprehensive approach to reducing tobacco use. New York City has a very high tax on tabacco products, A strong smoke-free workplace law that covers all workplaces, restaurants and bars, and excellent programs that teach kids from from starting smoking to helping those who do smoke, quit smoking.
Matthew L Myers who is the President of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids has applauded the Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas R. Freiden for implementing such aggressive tobacco prevention and control program that has resulted in 240,000 fewer smokers and 80,000 premature deaths.
According to the World Health Organization, smoking statistics for the year 2002 are astonishing.
Globally, one in 10 adults are killed by smoking related deaths. If the current situation continues, by the year 2030, one in six deaths will be from smoking related problems. Every eight second, tobacco use causes the death of someone. Around 15 billion cigarettes are sold daily, basically 10 million every minute. Among youths whose ages range from 13 to 15 years-old, one in five are smokers. Between 80,000 and 100,000 children worldwide start smoking everyday. According to the WHO, a quarter of youth alive in the Western Pacific Region will eventually die from smoking related diseases.
Tobacco smokes contains an addictive stimulant called nicotine. When first time users or people who rarely smoke nicotine, the cause is usually an increase in alertness and memory. When you are an compulsive smoker, withdrawal symptoms will usually start to occur about 30 minutes after a dose. With the symptoms of withdrawal comes, confusion, anxiety, sleepless nights and sometimes irritability. Three main health problems that occur with smoking are, lung cancer, emphysema and cardiovascular disease.
If you are a smoker and interesting in getting help to quit smoking, I recommend that you go to http://www.lungusa.org/site/pp.asp?c=dvLUK9O0E&b=33567 and take a look at all the ways to stop. Smoking is a very addictive habit that in the long run can eventually kill you. If you would like more information on smoking, please visit the American Lung Association.
SOURCE : New York City’s Success in Reducing Smoking Set Example For Nation – PR Newswire
SOURCE : World Health Organization – Smoking
SOURCE : Wikipedia.com – Tobacco Smoking
SOURCE : The American Lung Association – Quit Smoking