Number of smokers in New York City declines
The number of adult smokers in New York City has declined by more than 100,000 from 2002 to 2003, according to The Associated Press (AP) and The New York Times. According to the Times, a telephone survey commissioned by the city revealed that 19.3 percent of adults smoked in 2003, a drop from 21.6 percent a year earlier. City officials have attributed the decline in part to higher tobacco taxes and the city’s ban on smoking in bars, according to the AP. For more information, visit http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=519&ncid=519&e=11&u=/ap/20040512/ap_on_re_us/brf_nyc_smoking_ban_3.