Smoking bans cut heart attack rates up to 26% in long term studies

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Smoking bans cut heart attack rates up to 26% in long term studies

Many communities have enacted smoking bans in public places, some of which have been in effect for several years. How is that affecting our overall health? According to an analysis of studies, the bans are significantly cutting the rate of heart attacks in those communities.
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By lumping 11 studies together, we have increased the certainty that smoking bans really do reduce the risk of heart attack.

In longer-term studies it showed up to 26% decrease in heart attacks per year that the ban had existed. So this proves “the longer a community bans smoking, the greater the effect.”

It also appears the people who seem to derive the greatest benefit from the bans are younger and often predominantly female—likely those working in the hospitality and entertainment industry.

In this new review, Meyers et al included 11 studies published from 2004 to the end of April 2009, varying in length from a couple of months to three years, covering 10 sites in the US, Canada, Italy, and Scotland, and a total of 24 million people. Incidence rates of AMI per 100 000 person-years before and after implementation of the smoking bans and incidence rate ratios (IRRs) with 95% CIs were calculated. Overall results were weighted by the population size included in each study, as well as the duration of observation after the ban was imposed.

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By netchicken: posted on 27-9-2009








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