Number of Smokers in New York Reaches Record Low - NBC New York

Number of Smokers in New York Reaches Record Low

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 31: Isaiah Atkinson smokes a cigarette in front of the San Francisco Centre on May 31, 2011 in San Francisco, California. Since 1987, the World Health Organization has celebrated "World No Tobacco Day" to raise awareness to the health risks associated with smoking tobacco. Smoking is the second biggest cause of death globally and is responsible for the death of one in ten adults worldwide. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    New York state's adult smoking rate inched to its lowest recorded level in the latest numbers from state health officials.

    The administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that 14.2 percent of adults were smokers in 2016, compared to 14.5 the year before.

    Smoking rates among adults age 18 to 24 have dropped even further, to 11.7 percent. The high-school smoking rate also hit an all-time low of 4.3 percent in 2016.

    Cuomo, a Democrat, says the numbers show state efforts to help smokers quit - and to prevent young people from picking up the habit - are paying off.

    The numbers come from the state's regular health surveys. According to the findings, 64 percent of smokers tried to quit in 2016.

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