Smoking bans prove to be effective

October 20, 2009

It’s not too far of a stretch to say that some smokers don’t believe the bans in place are fair or necessary but statistics show otherwise.  A study was done by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and according to the results smoking bans reduce the risk of heart disease and heart attacks related to second-hand smoke exposure.

Even more backing for the bans is the evidence that shows that even brief exposure to second hand smoke can cause heart complications or heart attack.

The report from the Institute was sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The results showed that smoke-free policies can reduce the incidents of heart attack anywhere from 6% to 47%.  A statement from the committee read,

The repeated finding of decreased heart attack rates overall after bans were implemented conclusively demonstrates that smoke-free policies help protect people from the cardiovascular effects of tobacco smoke

These bans have contributed to a decline in the cigarrette volume from tobacco companies.  Any further bans are predicted to have a continued negative effect on the industry.

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