Queens Teens Smoking

January 3, 2008 at 7:26 am Leave a comment

Here are the stats (percentage of teens who smoke), borough by borough:

  1. Bronx: 6.2%
  2. Manhattan: 6.9%
  3. Brooklyn: 7.9%
  4. Queens: 10.5%
  5. Staten Island: 14.7%
  6. NATIONAL: 23%

Mayor Bloomberg wants to raise the per-pack tax (currently $1.50), and credits the declines from 2005 to the citywide ban on smoking in restaurants and bars and the anti-smoking campaigns in subways and TV ads.

“Clearly teens are getting the message: There’s nothing cool about smelling like an ashtray, being hooked on nicotine, or dying young,” he said.

The numbers are based on polling done at public schools throughout NYC, thus indicating that roughly 1 in 10 of every Queens teen does indeed think it’s cool to smell like an ashtray, be hooked on nicotine, or die young.

Queens pols: this is a no-brainer. Score some fast points by getting that rate down. Only an idiot (political and otherwise) would stand in your way.

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Entry filed under: environment, Forest Hills, health, politics, Queens.

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