Statewide smoking rates reach record lows

CHENANGO COUNTY – Smoking trends statewide appear to be on a downward spiral, according to new data released by the New York State Department of Health.

Recent reports from the department note that statewide smoking levels have waned to the lowest rate in recorded history, thanks largely to the state’s wide-ranging tobacco cessation efforts. Smoking among high school kids in particular has seen a dramatic decline over the last four years, dropping 42 percent and remaining at 7.3 percent today.

Meanwhile, the smoking rate among adults has also dipped to 14.5 percent and remains below the national average of 17.8 percent.

In a statement lauding efforts of public health officials, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said these latest trends provide a bright outlook.

“With the lowest smoking rate in recorded history, it’s clear that New York State is becoming healthier than ever,” said Cuomo. “I am proud of these record results, and our administration will continue to build on this success to protect our citizens and support the public health.”

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