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New Mexicans Are Smoking Less but Eating More & it's Showing
Santa Fe - Smoking rates are down 20 percent and the results can be seen in fewer cancer deaths, but obesity rates are up 48 percent - wiping out health gains made by reducing tobacco use.
New Mexicans are like most Americans - smoking less over the last 15 years resulting in longer life expectancy and improved quality of life. But according to a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine, those benefits could be wiped out by the growing obesity rate. Chuck Reed with the American Cancer Society says few people know the link between being overweight and getting cancer, "One of the scary things that we found in this recent survey is that 50 percent of the people don't know that there is direct correlation between obesity and cancer." Reed says research shows if all U.S. adults became nonsmokers of normal weight by 2020, life expectancy would shoot up 3.76 years.
Reed says quitting smoking is one of the most common New Year's resolutions to make, but if you are going to resolve to be healthy in the New Year, don't stop there, "If you going quit smoking, which we encourage you to do, take it one step further and also maintain a healthy body weight, because that way, you're making positive lifestyle choices and you can live longer and you can enjoy your life better."
For tips on healthy eating, visit www.cancer.org/GreatAmericans to learn new ways to incorporate healthy foods into daily meals.
Blog Note: Two bills under consideration in the NM state legislature could help to curb both smoking and soft drink consumption (New Mexicans consume over 100 million gallons of soft drinks annually.)
SB 30 CIGARETTE TAX INCREASE & DISTRIBUTION
SB 31 NO SOFT DRINK GROSS RECEIPTS DEDUCTION
Visit the the NM legislative bill finder at http://nmlegis.gov/lcs/_locatorcom.aspx?year=10 for more information.