Sunday, March 6, 2011
Broken-down Dept.: Smokin' Upstate
According to Blue Cross Blue Shield, the number of adult smokers in Upstate New York increased in the last year! We have higher rates of smoking than state and national averages! See article in O-D: http://www.uticaod.com/archive/x256213206/Number-of-smokers-upstate-increases
What does this mean?
Does it mean we have a death wish? Or that we are in a time warp along with Ronald Reagan? Are we bored and don't know what else to do with our hands? Are we trying to look cool like Charlie Sheen? It can't be possible that our addicted, disenfranchised, criminal, fringe population is greater than New York City's. (Health, like justice, as we all know, is for those who can afford it.)
I read somewhere that Mississippians were the most overweight citizens in America. Maybe Upstate New Yorkers are the smokin'est! Who puts these statistics together anyway?