Smoking ban cuts heart-related hospital admissions

31 October 2012

The number of people being admitted to hospital for heart-related medical conditions has fallen significantly since the introduction of smoking bans in public places.

That is the key finding of research published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, which took into account 45 separate studies from across the world.

It found that the health benefits rose in line with the stringency of the laws introduced, with hospital admissions for heart attacks falling by 15 per cent in areas where smoking bans were implemented.

Furthermore, stroke incidences fell by 16 per cent and admissions relating to respiratory diseases such as asthma by a quarter.

Commenting on the study, Maureen Talbot, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation (BHF), told the Daily Mail that the risks of passive smoking on health are well known, which is why smoking legislation was introduced in Britain in July 2007.

This study provides encouraging data about the benefits of a smoke-free environment on our heart health and shows that the right decision was made five years ago.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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