ny smoking rates and income scatter

New York's least-smoky counties

The Capital Region's four core counties have some of the lowest adult smoking rates in the state, according to data distributed by the state health department today.

The full rankings are after the jump. Among Capital Region counties, Albany County had the lowest smoking rate at 16.5 percent.

We were also curious about how smoking rates might associate with income -- so we whipped the two sets together. The result is also in there.

Eww: The DOH released this data as part of push to get people to stop smoking. Part of the campaign: two new TV spots of which a DOH officials says: "Some viewers may complain the ads are too graphic or emotional..." The one embedded above is pretty gross. Here's the other.

New York State adult smoking rates by county

There's a scatter plot of these numbers embedded above. It's a very superficial analysis, so treat it accordingly.

Earlier on AOA:
+ New York has the highest taxes on cigarettes in the nation
+ Saratoga County is healthy
+ New York's fattest counties


I actually found the previous set of graphic anti-smoking ads (dissected brain with clot, amputated leg, etc) to be good negative reinforcement when I quit smoking a few years ago. Put it in perspective. Nothing wrong with making people squirm a little.

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