Tuesday, September 22, 2009

How to Reduce Heart Attacks

A new study released today in the Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association reports that heart attack rates decrease after passing smoke free air laws. The study analyzed the results from 13 studies in 5 countries in which heart attacks rates were found to decrease by an average of 17% the first year and as much as 36% within three years of passing a smoke free air law.

Another study also released today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, analyzed 11 reports from 10 locations, including Indiana, and found that heart attacks decreased 17% overall all and then decreased by 26% each year after.

These two studies highlight the importance of passing smoke free air laws, not only because they improve the health of workers, but also because they improve the health of the overall community. Now is the time for Indianapolis to join the rest of the nation by passing such an important public health policy.

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