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Acute coronary events decreased after public smoking ban in Italy
Date:2/11/2008

moking-free environment makes it easier for smokers to stop smoking.

Since coronary heart disease is a leading cause of death in Italy, the reduction observed had enormous public health implications, Forastiere said. It will be interesting to see if the effect of the ban is stable over time and if similar positive health effects can be detected in other places.

While the trend is to implement smoking bans, there are still areas in the world such as some European countries, Asia, and America where smoking in public places is an important public health issue. Smoking bans should be extended to all possible countries and smoking bans in the workplace should be strongly enforced.


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Contact: Karen Astle
karen.astle@heart.org
214-706-1392
American Heart Association
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