Smoke-free law saves 1 200 lives

Anti-smoking laws in England prevented 1 200 heart attacks in their first year, according to a study published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ).
 

The analysis is based on emergency hospital admissions for England, a country with a population of 49 million, from July 2002 to September 2008. The legislation, introduced on July 1 2007, outlawed smoking in all enclosed work places and public places such as bars and restaurants.

In its first year of implementation, there was a "significant drop" of 2.4% in acute myocardial infarction, the paper says.

Men and women aged over 60 were the biggest beneficiaries. - (Sapa, June 2010)

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