Back in September we noted that Mayor Bloomberg announced that the amount of New Yorker smokers was down to 14 percent. But then, we wondered what might be the next killer of our population. Could it be “getting old and dying?” Well, rest easy, because Mayor Bloomberg announced today that New Yorkers are doing well in the living long department. Not only are they are staying alive for longer than ever before, they are also beating the rest of the country in doing so.
“If you want to live longer and healthier than the average American, then come to New York City,” Bloomberg said. Sounds like he’s got his newest ad campaign all written for him.
Here are some of the encouraging statistics:
Deaths from HIV infection, heart disease and cancer are all down from 2002. The rate of HIV deaths has decreased by 11.3 since 2009. The announcement attributes the improvements in part to the city actions, including its anti-smoking measures.
While we’re on the subject of smoking, the Health Department also announced today that it is starting a new television campaign warning against what it calls “light” smoking. The ads target the “I only smoke when I…” mentality.
So, New Yorkers, what do you plan on doing with your longer life expectancies? We don’t know exactly what our plans are yet, but we know we sure aren’t leaving the city.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 27, 2011