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Date:10/16/2009

ced risk of hospitalisation for heart attack (acute myocardial infarction, AMI) of 17% one year after implementation of the law. The investigators found that heart attack figures fell by 36% during the three years following the ban.

Commenting on the Circulation meta-analysis for the European Society of Cardiology, spokesperson Professor Joep Perk from Oskarshamn District Hospital in Sweden said: ""First, what the analysis shows is that the harmful effect of second-hand smoke is much greater than we first imagined. It also shows that the benefits derived from the anti-smoking legislation continue over time in a linear direction.

At the public health level the results strengthen the case for anti-smoking legislation in all jurisdictions. There seems no reason why the EU should not now advocate strong legislation in all member states. Studies like these strengthen the case for preventive cardiology."

In the UK, an amendment to the government's Health Bill has been proposed this month, which would outlaw cigarette vending machines in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The European Society of Cardiology together with other health institutions has continuously informed the public of the overwhelming evidence of the adverse effect of smoking on cardiovascular health. The European Guidelines on CVD prevention warn that smoking is responsible for 50% of all avoidable deaths and that smoking causes heart attacks at any age.

"Although cardiovascular diseases are very complex in nature and due to many causes, smoking is one of the major contributors and smoking bans have certainly caused a reduction in coronary events in Italy. This has been documented in an article published in Circulation (2) where the rate of reduction of coronary events was consistent with the pollution reduction observed in indoor public places. I believe that this is clearly confirming that prevention is not only a task for doctors, but also for society an
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