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Study Finds That Most NYC Smokers Fail To Quit

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Two-thirds of the city's smokers tried to quit last year, but the vast majority failed, according to a study released Tuesday by the Department of Health.

Numbers show that only 17 percent of the 800,000 New Yorkers who tried to put out the butts were successful. The study found people with less money and education, as well as blacks and Hispanics, tried to quit more often other groups, but they also failed the most.

Officials say mental distress and binge drinking were two of the biggest factors that led smokers to light up again, but people who used nicotine replacement were much more likely to succeed.

In response, the city is handing out gum and patches to Staten Islanders, who smoke at a much higher rate then the rest of the city. Smokers can pick up the quitting aides Tuesdays through Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Whitehall Ferry Terminal over the next five weeks.

The study also revealed that there are nearly a quarter of a million fewer smokers in town now than there were five years ago.
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