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In the News: Smoke-free workplace laws linked to fewer heart attacks, study finds

by Katheryn T. on Wednesday, October 31, 2012

From the Washington Post, October 29th- A decline in the number of cases of myocardial infarction, or heart attack, in one Minnesota county appears linked to smoke-free workplace laws in that area, research published Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine finds.

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. looked at the number of heart attacks among residents of Olmsted County, Minn. that occurred 18 months before and after implementation of laws banning smoking in restaurants in 2002, and the 18 months before and after those laws were extended to include all workplaces, including bars, in 2007. They found that the incidence of heart attack declined by a third (33 percent) from the start of the study to the end (i.e., from the 18 months before the first laws to the 18 months after the second laws went into effect). 

Read Jennifer LaRue Huget’s full Washington Post article about this important study…

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