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A new report concludes that NYC life expectancy from birth is up, and cancer/heart disease-related death has dropped due to campaigns against smoking

A recent report providing health statistics for New York City citizens shows that heart disease deaths have dropped due to campaigns/laws against smoking while the overall life expectancy has risen.

The report, which was announced by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg earlier this week, shows that the life expectancy for newborn babies in New York have a life expectancy of 80.6 years, which is a three-year increase from 2000. The national life expectancy is 78.2 years.

The Health Department provided the report after analyzing death certificates, and found that medical care and preventative measures played a major role in the life expectancy boost.

One of the highlights of the report notes that heart disease, which is one of the top three causes of death, has dropped 28 percent since 2002. According to the Health Department, this decrease can be attributed to the cigarette taxes, the public smoking ban and graphic advertisements associated with illnesses caused by smoking tobacco.

Now, only 14 of 100 New York citizens smoke, which is a 35 percent decrease since 2002. The Health Department said this drop will prevent 50,000 premature deaths in the coming 40 years.

"It's really impressive, since that's the big killer in middle age and old age," said Dan Seidman, director of smoking-cessation services at Columbia University's behavioral-medicine program.

The report noted that smoking rates among women were cut from 19.8 percent in 2002 to 12.2 percent in 2010. Also, since 2002, the cancer-death rate decreased 4.3 percent from 170.2 deaths per 100,000 people to 162.9 in 2010. Health Department officials attributed this to preventative smoking measures as well.

Bloomberg has spent "hundreds of millions of dollars" of his personal money for public health campaigns including those that promote anti-smoking.

"If you want to live longer and healthier than the average American, come to New York City," said Bloomberg. "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 expectancy."

In addition to heart disease and cancer-related decreases, the report mentioned a 52 percent decrease in HIV-related deaths from 2002 to 2010. From 2009 alone, there was an 11.3 percent decrease. Also, New York citizens are less likely to die from homicide, as there were slightly more than 500 murders this year. This is the third lowest number in the past five decades.

Sources: Huffington Post, Bloomberg

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So Being Taxed Out of the Ass Helps You Live Longer?
By Arsynic on 12/29/11, Rating: 0
By Connoisseur on 12/29/2011 3:03:32 PM , Rating: 3
No. Not smoking and walking a lot helps you live longer. Are you debating that?

By Connoisseur on 12/29/2011 3:04:28 PM , Rating: 2
Also, availability of fairly decent healthcare although I have issue with that point. Quantity <> Quality

By Lifted on 12/29/2011 4:24:31 PM , Rating: 2
But lower taxes = better quality of life?

RE: So Being Taxed Out of the Ass Helps You Live Longer?
By Shig on 12/29/2011 5:08:09 PM , Rating: 4
It's funny to me how people view 'taxed out the ass'. The US has the lowest taxes of any western nation by a wide margin, oh and the lowest overall quality of life, the unhealthiest population, the largest debt, the least mobile population, and the greatest inequality of life.

Facts are fun.

By Chudilo on 12/30/2011 9:40:24 AM , Rating: 3
Actually I believe the poster was referring to NYC taxes. They are a lot higher then in the rest of the country.
For example crossing the Verrazano Bridge (Between Brooklyn and Staten Island) will currently cost you $13. That's right, you heard me right $13.

By Natch on 12/30/2011 9:41:36 AM , Rating: 2
However, in the USA, California and New York have some of the highest tax rates in the country. New York city residents pay the normal 8% state sales tax, plus I believe an additional (<1%) city sales tax. New York also has a pretty hefty income tax, as does California (which has a sales tax of 8.25%).

Compared to other states, they really do sock it to the tax payers.

State Income Tax rates:

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By kontorotsui on 1/2/2012 8:59:12 AM , Rating: 2
However, in the USA, California and New York have some of the highest tax rates in the country. New York city residents pay the normal 8% state sales tax, plus I believe an additional (<1%) city sales tax. New York also has a pretty hefty income tax, as does California (which has a sales tax of 8.25%). Compared to other states, they really do sock it to the tax payers.

If you complain, you're very welcome to come in Italy and pay 21% sales tax (soon 23%), up to 43% income tax and 17-23% retirement-welfare tax.

By hiscross on 1/1/2012 2:41:21 PM , Rating: 2
I live in America and I am both healthy and happy. I guess I am not one of the people you have just described. Oh, I Love NYC and of course the New York Yankees. Happy 2012 kiddies.

By Chudilo on 12/30/2011 9:58:54 AM , Rating: 2
Mha-ha you've obviously never been to a $700,000 studio apartment of 600 sq. feet.

By jahinoz on 12/29/2011 10:59:30 PM , Rating: 2
You know, its a funny trend, but it actually is true.

If you compare the two, you'll notice that quite of a few of the top 20 countries by life expectancy also have some of the highest tax rates in the world.

Of course we need to remember that correllation doesn't indicate causation because of the influence other factors may have (healthy eating, exercise, etc) but it's not unreasonable to assume that the taxes being collected by those governments are funding health promotion campaigns like anti-smoking or active lifestyles.

By ilkhan on 12/30/2011 3:03:16 AM , Rating: 2
I don't need to be taxed and see a massive ad campaign to tell me what I already know (smoking is bad for your life expectancy). If my neighbor hasn't figured that out yet some ad campaign isn't going to help.

By Connoisseur on 12/30/2011 8:33:20 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe you don't but it sure seems like a majority of people do. You're still arguing taxes as if they're part of this article. The point they're making here is that banning of smoking in public areas and better access to healthcare lead to longer overall lives. Apparently the campaigning did work.

By Connoisseur on 12/29/2011 1:54:13 PM , Rating: 2
I live in and love NYC but I figured life expectancy would be lower than the national average primarily due to pollution and sickness.

RE: Surprised
By Mitch101 on 12/29/2011 1:57:00 PM , Rating: 5
Got to be all the walking. You have to walk in Manhattan to get anywhere its not like tiny cities where you walk two blocks and now your in the suburbs.

RE: Surprised
By Connoisseur on 12/29/2011 2:28:26 PM , Rating: 2
Actually i agree. New Yorkers are surprisingly careful with their health. A lot of people exercise regularly and the addition of calorie counts to many fast food/chain menus gives some insight into how many calories they're hogging down.

RE: Surprised
By TakinYourPoints on 12/30/2011 6:11:32 AM , Rating: 2
It's definitely all the walking. I loved walking everywhere when I lived in NYC. I have to jog for cardio now, it isn't something that just happens by living in a place like Manhattan.

RE: Surprised
By Samus on 12/30/2011 2:06:48 AM , Rating: 2
Pollution in NYC has been on the downhill slide for decades. In comparison to Chicago or LA, NYC is as clean as Senator Santorum...

RE: Surprised
By Omega215D on 12/30/2011 5:06:46 PM , Rating: 2
I live in NYC as well but the fact the most people use mass transit and walk/ bike among other things make NYC one of the greenest large cities in the US and air quality is supposedly tops too. Hard to tell when walking in a valley of buildings.

Also, NYC doesn't mean Manhattan only as there are 4 other boroughs.

It just sucks that NYC has very few options for those that want to make it in the motor sports though (my biggest pet peeve).

By Spikesoldier on 12/29/2011 2:29:15 PM , Rating: 2
If you want to live longer, make healthy lifestyle choices. Moving to a city that simply outlaws the stuff or taxes the shit out of it doesn't make you live longer at all, its because the government forced you either directly or indirectly to make that lifestyle choice. To say that because of that rule/law/policy that you would live longer is asinine and misleading.

I would argue like the poster above noted, the air quality is likely poorer in NYC than (almost) the rest of the country.

I know that the air quality in Seoul is so poor that running a mile on a bad day is worse than smoking two packs of cigarettes in a day. But then again they have the Chinese yellow dust and pollution coming from China and industrial developments to worry about.

You can argue that secondhand smoke could be lessened with the ban, but I would contend that the banning of occasional exposure to secondhand smoke would be offset by persistent exposure to high air pollution.

RE: lol
By Connoisseur on 12/29/2011 3:02:09 PM , Rating: 2
Well according to the report, moving to a city which outlaws this stuff DOES make you live longer. I think you're emphasizing freedom of choice rather than the actual topic at hand. The point is, the article is stating that the banning of smoking in public areas/bars has a noticeable impact on quality of health. Certainly, air pollution plays a factor too but it's not an "offsetting" factor. It's an additive factor. Take away one thing and there is an impact.

It's difficult to do much about air pollution since this is a densely populated urban area. Short of banning all gasoline vehicles or switching to mostly electric, it's going to be an issue in any major city. At least in NY you have a lot of parks and recreational areas where people can enjoy some nature and get exercise.

RE: lol
By Connoisseur on 12/29/2011 3:06:38 PM , Rating: 2
In addition, i would NOT compare the air quality in any Asian/Middle Eastern urban center with the US. They're on different planets. Compared to most major urban centers in Asia, New York air is like filtered O2.

Reminds me of Demolition Man
By HOOfan 1 on 12/29/2011 2:05:03 PM , Rating: 2
Like San Angeles in Demolition man. Want to increase life expectancy? Make unhealthful habits illegal. So does Bloomberg equal Doctor Raymond Cocteau?

RE: Reminds me of Demolition Man
By Namey on 12/29/2011 2:13:32 PM , Rating: 2
Cocteau: BE well!
Spartan: be f****d.

We can learn a lot from an idol such as John Spartan.

By Ish718 on 12/29/2011 4:26:18 PM , Rating: 2
Don't come here, it's overcrowded enough already.

What about mental health?
By maven81 on 12/30/2011 3:42:10 PM , Rating: 2
Who cares if you're physically healthy if you became a nervous wreck? I moved out of NYC after nearly 20 years and I feel much more sane now.

By shin0bi272 on 12/31/2011 6:07:07 AM , Rating: 2
NYC is a population of what 8 or 10million? only 44,000 people pay all the taxes in that city. This is a government run nanny city where the top 1% pay for everything and they are leaving the city slowly. So rather than raise taxes on the rest of the 8 million people the leftist bloomberg is trying to attract more rich people to NYC so he can soak them.

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