A combination of higher taxes on tobacco, an early effort to restrict smoking in public places and more resources put toward anti-smoking efforts has helped lower cancer rates in New York City, according to a study released today by the American Cancer Society of New York and New Jersey.

Cancer remains higher in upstate counties north of Westchester, however, where tobacco taxes are generally lower and residents are exposed to fewer anti-smoking campaigns.

Lung cancer remains the most prevalent form of cancer in the state, according to the study.

There are other factors at play as well, including income disparity, age and education levels.

But for anti-smoking advocates, the study is evidence that more resources need to be put toward reducing tobacco use.

“In New York City, they’re getting a stronger dose of the anti-smoking medicine,” said Russ Sciandrea, the state Advocacy Director for the American Cancer Society of New York and New Jersey.

The group says that New York needs to commit new resources that include extending access to palliative care and pani management, as well as enhanced educational programs.

And the American Cancer Society says New York should focus its efforts on collecting all tobacco taxers.

Here’s the full report:

NY Cancer Burden Report 2012