Gallery: New Study Shows That NYC Surprisingly Has Lower Lung Cancer Ra...

Upstate New Yorkers might see more stars and breathe fresher air, but according to a new report, they also have a higher rate of lung cancer than New York City residents. The new study from the American Cancer Society (ACS) reveals that despite our not-always-so-clean air, NYC actually has lower lung cancer rates than the rest of the state. As you might have surmised, smoking is a major factor in the difference, with smoking rates in the city at about 14 percent compared to more than 20 percent upstate. It wasn’t always that way though – smoking has actually decreased by 27 percent in NYC since Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his administration banned the practice in bars, restaurants, offices, and parks – so we have to give credit where credit is due.

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