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Bloomberg signs last bills as mayor, including indoor e-cigarette ban

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NYC Mayor’s Office Flickr / Photo by Edward Reed

Michael Bloomberg held a marathon bill signing session Monday, enacting his final 22 pieces of legislation as mayor, including an indoor ban on e-cigarettes.

The new law includes electronic cigarettes in the city’s Smoke-Free Air Act and will prohibit their use in restaurants, offices, parks, beaches and other public spaces.

“E-cigarettes heat up a chemical solution and emit vapors to provide its user with nicotine, the same highly addictive ingredient found in combustible cigarettes. The next generation of potential smokers could gravitate to getting their nicotine fix from these products,” Bloomberg said.

A protestor who was at the bill signing lit up a cigarette and read a statement against the smoking ban, according to published reports.

Additional legislation Bloomberg signed Monday included a bill that could lead to the ban of plastic foam containers following a year-long study to determine if the material can be recycled, and the creation of a database to track expenditures related to Sandy.

“EPS [Expanded Polystyrene] foam is a major source of litter, where it often breaks up into small pieces, littering our streets, waterways, catch basins, and neighborhood sidewalks. EPS foam also costs the city money. The city must pay $1.8 million annually to have it landfilled where it can sit for more than five hundred years,” Bloomberg said.



NYC life expectancy reaches record high

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Life expectancy in New York City has hit an all-time high of 80.9 years, surpassing the national average by 2.2 years, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced today.

Between 2001 and 2010, the life span of a child born in NYC  increased by three years. During the same period, the nation’s life expectancy only went up by about 1.8 years.

Bloomberg and Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said that health interventions, such as smoking prevention programs, expanded HIV testing and treatment, and improved cared for those with high blood pressure and cholesterol, are contributing to greater life expectancy.

“Not only are New Yorkers living longer, but our improvements continue to outpace the gains in the rest of the nation,” said Bloomberg. “Our willingness to invest in health care and bold interventions is paying off in improved health outcomes, decreased infant mortality and increased life expectancy.”

The death rate from HIV is decreasing by a faster rate than other mortality causes in New York City, down from 53 percent from 2001 to 2010.

The infant mortality rate and death rates for heart disease and cancer also experienced significant declines.

In 2011, the infant mortality rate reached an all-time low of 4.7 deaths per 1,000 live births, a 23 percent drop since 2011 and almost double the national average improvement during the same period.

From 2001 t0 2010, heart disease deaths dropped by 27.1 percent and cancer rates decreased by 6.5 percent.

In addition to improved care for people with high blood pressure and cholesterol, and heart problems, those declines can be attributed to the 30 percent decrease in the city’s smokers since 2002 when the Smoke-Free Air Act went into effect.