Despite the fact that they know, they know, it’s bad for you, they’ve heard it all, more than a million New York City residents are self-reporting smoking cigarettes for the first time since 2007 according to findings in the city’s 2013 community health survey. Years of anti-smoking efforts seemed to have hit a wall, with the number of smokers in the city steadily rising since 2010, despite again, yeah, we heard all about how it’s bad for you.
The survey, which according to amNewYork took data from 9,000 New Yorkers, found that there’s been a rise in people who smoke one to 10 cigarettes per day. That number is up to 76% of the city’s smokers, who do it both under the impression that it’s fine to smoke a small number of cigarettes and because it’s not like they can afford to be a two-pack-a-day smoker around here, holy shit have you seen the price for a pack? Especially since that cool bodega stopped selling untaxed packs because the neighborhood gentrified and the rent went up.
Health advocates are warning that smoking even one cigarette per day can have ill effects on your health, but while smokers concede that’s a good point, they don’t seem ready to stop smoking. “I mean, have you seen the news?” they all ask. “The economy sucks and I’m underpaid, there’s a war and you can’t even watch football without feeling like a goddamn moral leper. Fuck, even talking about this is getting me stressed,” every smoker in New York was said to report. “You got a light?”
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