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More evidence to support smokefree laws: Mayo Clinic study shows drop in heart attacks

Here’s more reason to support smokefree laws: A new Mayo Clinic study shows that in one Minnesota county that instituted a smokefree workplace law, heart attacks dropped by half.

In addition, the number of people who died suddenly of heart disease was cut in half. These were the effects of a smokefree workplace law enacted in Olmsted County, Minnesota. Researchers looked at medical data covering both the 18 months before and after the law took effect.

The study’s abstract was presented recently at a meeting of the American Heart Association, The Augusta Chronicle reports. The Journal of the American Medical Association is considering publishing it.

Dr. Richard Hurt, the director of the Nicotine Dependence Center at Mayo Clinic and lead author of the study, told the paper:

For everyone, we should minimize the exposure to secondhand smoke. But for people with known heart disease, they should have no – literally no – exposure to second-hand smoke because the risk is too high.


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