Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Smoking Ban Cuts Heart Attacks

According to this story below from U.S. World News & Reports, the smoking ban has taken a dramatic and positive toll on the number of heart attacks. Read on for more info...

Health Buzz: Smoking Bans Curb Heart Attacks and Other Health News
By Megan Johnson
Posted September 22, 2009

Research Finds Public Smoking Bans Reduce Heart Attacks
New research suggests that cities that enact smoking bans in restaurants, bars, and other public places curb heart attack rates as a result, HealthDay reports. Two studies published in separate journals incorporated data from 24 smoking ban studies in cities in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Combining the studies showed that heart attacks dropped by at least 17 percent one year after the bans took effect. University of Kansas Prof. David Meyers told HealthDay: "The risk reduction got bigger the longer the ban was in effect." Meyers's study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, showed that after one year, heart attack risk declined an average 25 percent. One Montana city that banned smoking saw heart attacks decline by 45 percent, Meyers said. But after the ban was lifted, heart attack rates rose to their previous level, he said. The other study appears in the journal Circulation.

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