The Uptowner – Dr. Raja Flores: “Smoking Uptown: Locals Skeptical About New Statistics”

 – October 24, 2011 /Press Release/  –– 

New data shows that upper Manhattan has fewer smokers than it used to and ranks among the city's top neighborhoods in smoking reduction, health officials boast. But despite Mayor Michael Bloomberg's controversial battle against tobacco, many people are still lighting up around Washington Heights and Harlem. Dr. Raja M. Flores, a thoracic surgeon specializing in lung cancer at The Mount Sinai Hospital in East Harlem, doesn't see a relation between the statistics and his patients' condition. "In my patients, the smoking rate is still the same," he said. "Most of the patients I see have lung cancer but they smoke anyway."  Learn more