NYC Mayor Bloomberg: If You Want to Live Longer, Move to New York City
December 29, 2011 1:30 PM
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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
"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.
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12/29/2011 2:29:15 PM
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.
12/29/2011 3:02:09 PM
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.
12/29/2011 3:06:38 PM
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.
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