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Smoking Bans Cut Heart Attacks By 1/3

From a true-believing Reuters:

Smoking bans cut heart attacks by a third: study

By Julie Steenhuysen Tue Sep 22

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Smoking bans in public places can reduce the number of heart attacks by as much as 36 percent, offering fresh proof that the restrictions work, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

They urged widespread bans on smoking in enclosed public places to prevent heart attacks and improve public health.

"This study adds to the already strong evidence that secondhand smoke causes heart attacks, and that passing 100 percent smoke-free laws in all workplaces and public places is something we can do to protect the public," James Lightwood of the University of California-San Francisco, whose study appears in the journal Circulation, said in a statement.

The team pooled data from 13 studies of smoking bans in communities in the United States, Canada and Europe.

They said heart attack rates fall immediately after smoking bans are put in place, dropping by 17 percent in the first year and by as much as 36 percent after three years.

Lightwood said in a telephone interview that prior studies have been inconsistent in their findings, but their analysis found that smoking bans had a compelling effect.

"A well-designed smoking restriction law can significantly reduce heart attacks in the community and has a beneficial impact on public health," he said.

Dr. David Goff of Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina said the findings suggest smoke-free laws could lower health costs.

"At a time of great concern over the financial sustainability of our healthcare system, smoke-free laws represent an inexpensive approach to reducing heart attacks, and, probably, other cardiovascular conditions," Goff said in a statement.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, long-term exposure to secondhand smoke can raise heart disease rates in adult nonsmokers by 25 percent to 30 percent.

Secondhand smoke kills an estimated 46,000 Americans every year from heart disease alone, the CDC and Heart Association say. Smoking also causes several types of cancer, stroke and emphysema or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

What good news this is from Mayor Bloomberg in New York City and all of the other venues that seek to ban smoking in public.

And what a foretaste this is of the day, when thanks to nationalized health all of our behavior will be judged by bureaucrats to make sure it is cost effective for the system.

Still, we can’t help but wonder if these aren’t the same 46,000 people who are also dying from lack of health insurance.

And speaking of biased studies, do a Google search of Mr. James Lightwood and you will find that he has long contended that public smoking should be outlawed because second hand smoke killed so many people.

What a coincidence that his study bears out his longtime claims.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Smoking Bans Cut Heart Attacks By 1/3”

  1. Reality Bytes says:

    Finally! An article NOT ABOUT OBAMA!

  2. proreason says:

    Hate smoking. Don’t want to be around it.

    36% reduction in Heart Attacks by banning it in public places?



    Doesn’t pass the simplest smell test.

    Getting real tired of this Big Brotherism 48×7, 150 decibals, cram-downs.

    The backlash is building.

    It’s gonna be ugly.

    Lock and Load.

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “study shows”, “study proves”, “studies say”.


    Given my experience with how the average high-schooler treats science class, and given that most Americans have about a high school education, I’m thinking they don’t pay much attention to this either, but for different reasons.

  4. Confucius says:

    Good news. Maybe 33% of the White House will . . . .

  5. artboyusa says:

    Does anyone know what brand President Barry smokes? Whatever it is, I bet its menthol…

  6. Right of the People says:

    More pseudo-science like global warming. Making up statistics to fit your argument/cause/crusade/etc, etc,etc.

    Barry must be torn on this one. On one hand I’m sure he’d love to ban smoking for the masses but on the other hand, damn he likes have a butt after screwing people.

  7. VMAN says:

    Maybe we should pass a law that requires everyone in the government to smoke. that way we could get rid of at least a third of them.

  8. ONail says:

    The whole second-hand smoke meme is one of the first examples of Alinsky’s rules. Another rule the statist/left love to use is the ole’ “if you tell a lie often enough, it will become the truth”.

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