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Smoking Bans Cause 9% to 13% Reduction in Heart Attacks!
Smoking bans work to save lives and improve health, say researchers in New Zealand who followed heart attack incidences in years following the implementation of a major public smoking ban.
Researchers in New Zealand examined the rate of hospital admissions for heart attacks following the implementation of a smoking ban in many public spaces, including all workplaces, bars and restaurants.
In the three years following the passing of this legislation:
- Heart attacks dropped by 13% amongst 55 to 74 year old men and women who had never smoked and 9% across all 55 to 74 year olds
- Heart attacks amongst those over the age of 30 declined by 5%
- Men benefited more from the smoking ban than women (men had a greater decline in hospital admissions)
- People from wealthier neighborhoods experienced a greater decline in heart attacks than people from poorer neighborhoods
The full results of the study can be read in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.