Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Marchman Act Blog "Smoking Section" - Public Smoking Ban Linked to Lower Arizona Hospital Admissions
One year out from a statewide public-smoking ban, hospital admissions for asthma, stroke, heart attacks, and angina fell sharply in Arizona, the Arizona Daily Star reported May 20.
University of Arizona researchers analyzed data from all 87 of the state's hospitals and found that asthma admissions fell 22 percent, heart attacks declined by 13 percent, angina fell by 33 percent, and acute stroke fell by 14 percent in the first 13 months that the law was in effect. The results suggest a direct correlation between cardiovascular disease and secondhand smoke, researchers said.