Smoking ban seems to reduce heart attacks

July 31, 2008 2:30:17 PM PDT
It's being called the first real-time large-scale study to look at how a ban on secondhand smoke might benefit people. Researchers say Scotland's 2006 ban on smoking in public places cut the heart attack rate by 17 percent within one year, and non-smokers benefited the most. Scientists reporting in the New England Journal of Medicine say a total of 67 percent of the decrease involved non-smokers.

Researchers say there are a number of countries considering bans, and obviously, the more evidence of the effectiveness of such intervention the more likely they are to do that.