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Acute Coronary Events Drop After Italy's Public Smoking Ban
Date:2/14/2008

esity, hypertension, diabetes and a higher rate of smoking.

"This implies that a disadvantaged person has a higher probability of being surrounded by smokers at work and in public places unless a smoking ban is in place," Giulia Cesaroni, senior researcher at the Department of Epidemiology in Rome, said in a prepared statement.

The ban also appeared to have changed people's smoking habits. According to the report, the frequency of smoking decreased from 34.9 percent to 30.5 percent in men and from 20.6 percent to 20.4 percent in women. Cigarette sales also decreased 5.5 percent.

However, the smoking ban did not appear to reduce coronary events in those aged 75 to 84.

"The older age group spends more time at home than in the workplace or public businesses," Cesaroni said. "The smoking ban has a greater effect on those of working age and those who spend a lot of their time in public places."

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SOURCE: American Heart Association, news release, Feb. 11, 2008


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