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Smoking bans reduce heart attack admissions

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 30 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a597
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. 1Abergavenny

    Bans on smoking substantially reduce hospital admissions for heart attacks, research has shown.

    On the first anniversary of the ban on public smoking in England, a report shows that smoke-free laws worldwide reduce admissions by almost one fifth (Preventive Medicine 2008 Jun 18; doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2008.06.007).

    This meta-analysis of published studies shows that the effects were immediate. “The fact that many studies from so many locations around the world provide consistent findings of a substantial drop in acute myocardial infarction associated with the implementation of smoke-free laws increases the confidence that . . . smoke-free policies have immediate and …

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