A Colorado based smoking ban is stated to have had a dramatic effect of the number of reported heart attack related hospitalizations in the town.
Wired PR News.com – Research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has shown that a ban on smoking in a Colorado town has lead to a significant decrease in the number of hospitalizations for heart attacks. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the 41 percent decrease has been shown to have occurred three years following the implementation of the ban in Pueblo, Colorado.
As noted in the report, some say the study, released by the CDC on Thursday, provides evidence that second-hand smoke may be a major influence on heart attack deaths in the United States that has gone drastically under-reported.
Dr. Michael Thun of the American Cancer Society, who is unrelated to the study, is quoted in the report as stating, “This study is very dramatic… This is now the ninth study, so it is clear that smoke-free laws are one of the most effective and cost-effective to reduce heart attacks.”
More information about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publication may be available on the government agency’s website at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr.
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