Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley
On Monday it was personal. Queens Councilman James Gennaro teared up as he joined Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Health Commissioner Thomas Farley to sponsor a bill to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products in New York City.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Wednesday there are about 500,000 fewer smokers in the city than there were a decade ago and about 10,000 fewer deaths linked to smoking during that period.
New Yorkers are living it up! The latest statistics show life expectancy in the Big Apple is 80.6 years – more than two years longer than the national average.