Public health win as people trade booze for exercise

PEOPLE in NSW are trading cigarettes for veggies and booze for exercise, a study shows.

Yet the poor are behind the curve, resulting in a widening socioeconomic gap.

Between 2002 and 2012, smoking rates fell from 22% to 17.1% across the state, according to interviews with 125,000 people. Meanwhile, sufficient fruit and vegetable intake grew from 23% to 26.2%.

Over the same period, the percentage of people downing more than two alcoholic drinks per day dropped from 9.4% to 7.7% while the number doing enough exercise grew from 47.4% to 56.2%.

Overall, the percentage of people