Smoking Bans In Public Places Really Do Work

In National News, State News on January 9, 2009 at 9:06 am

Pueblo, Colorado enacted a smoking ban for workplaces and public places three years ago. Their heart attack admissions at area hospitals dropped and have remained lower ever since the ban was put in place. Nearby communities without smoking bans have not seen a drop in heart attack rates. This CDC study just released a couple weeks ago and others like it show that smoking bans really do what advocates say they will.

So a smoking ban in Indiana, like what is being considered in the House this winter/spring session, would drop heart attack rates in our state almost immediately, and keep them lower. Wouldn’t it be nice to know that your loved ones have a lower risk of suffering a heart attack from exposure to secondhand smoke? And wouldn’t it be nice to save those millions of dollars in healthcare costs every year? Talk about an economic stimulus package!


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