Smoking Way Down in NYC

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Bloomberg said today that the smoking rate among New Yorkers is down to 14 percent from 22 percent back in 2002, when lighting up almost anywhere in the city basically became a capital offense. By the mayor's math, that's 450,000 fewer adult smokers, with the teenage numbers also falling from 18 to 7 percent. No word on the financial health of those still ponying up for packs. [NYP]