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)

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24