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Health & City Services: Improving Public Health

Improving the health of all New Yorkers was a top priority for Mike Bloomberg, who quickly became a national leader on public health. After New York City banned smoking in bars and restaurants, cities and states across the nation – and countries around the world – followed suit. Thanks in part to the Mayor’s public health initiatives, life expectancy in New York City grew by more than three years.

  • Life expectancy up to 81.1 years from 2001 to 2013.
  • 300,000 fewer NYC smokers in 2013 than in 2002.
  • First in the country to pioneer several effective obesity combating initiatives including the trans fats, calorie counts, salt and soda initiatives.