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Heart attacks in England drop after smokefree law is passed

More proof of the health benefits of smokefree workplace laws: Heart attacks dropped 2.4 percent after England’s smokefree workplace law took effect in July 2007. That translates into 1,200 fewer people per year who are rushed to emergency rooms with signs of heart attack.

This is according to researchers at the University of Bath’s Tobacco Control Research Group. The findings appear in the British Medical Journal. 

This isn’t the first time research has shown such a benefit; other studies have shown that heart attacks drop significantly once smokefree laws are passed and people are exposed to less secondhand smoke.

That’s because the coronary systems of non-smokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke are harmed, just as the coronary systems of smokers are harmed.

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