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NY's Smoking Rate At Record Low

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The smoking rate in New York state has dropped to its lowest level since public health officials began tracking the number.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the latest decline on Monday, saying the smoking rate among high schoolers is 7.3 percent while the rate among adults is at 14.5 percent, down from 12.5 percent for high-school students and 18.1 percent for adults in 2011.

New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker says the drop reflects the state's ongoing efforts to promote tobacco cessation and make it harder for young people to obtain cigarettes.

New York's smoking rates remain below the national averages of 9.2 percent for high-school students and 17.8 percent for adults.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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