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Smoking ban reduces heart attacks

A city wide ban of workplace smoking in Pueblo, Colorado, U.S has resulted in a 41% drop in heart attack hospitalizations in the three years since the ban.

The Center of Disease Control (CDC) released results of The Pueblo Heart Study which looked at the impact of a reduction of second hand smoke in Pueblo, Colorado.

The smoking ban study

Researchers reviewed hospital admissions for heart attacks in Pueblo and for two neighboring areas that did not have smoking bans (Pueblo County and El Paso County). They looked at the heart attack rate over the 3 year period following the ban.

In Pueblo, the rate of heart attacks dropped from 257 per 100,000 people before the ban to 152 per 100,000 in the three years afterward. There were no real changes in the other areas.

The affects of second hand smoke

According to the CDC, second hand smoke exposure causes heart disease and lung cancer in nonsmoking adults. Nonsmokers who are exposed to second hand smoke increase their risk of heart disease by 25 to 30% and their risk of lung cancer by 20 to 30%.

For a Facts Sheet on the impact of second hand smoke visit the CDC website.

Worldwide smoking bans

Many countries have smoking bans in order to limit the publics exposure to second hand smoke. For a list of international smoking bans visit the Wikipedia List of Smoking Bans page.

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