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New study reveals support for smoke-free air

by Krystle N. on Monday, November 5, 2012

Right now, we’re working to pass comprehensive smokefree policies in Augusta-Richmond County, Fulton County, the City of Atlanta, DeKalb County and Macon-Bibb County.  We want to protect as many Georgians as possible from secondhand smoke, while they’re at work, including restaurants and bars.

And our fight just got some more support!  The latest research published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation reveals that smoke-free laws have helped decrease health problems related to secondhand smoke.  This has led to fewer hospitalizations and deaths from heart and respiratory diseases.

According to the study, the most comprehensive laws — those covering workplaces, restaurants and bars — resulted in more health benefits and were associated with:

•   15% decrease in hospitalizations for heart attacks

•   16% decrease in hospitalizations for stroke

•   24% decrease in hospitalizations for asthma and other respiratory hospitalizations.

The study’s senior author and director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco, Mr. Stanton Glantz, Ph.D stated, “The public, health professionals and policy makers need to understand that including exemptions and loopholes in legislation – such as exempting casinos – condemns more people to end up in emergency rooms.”  Mr. Glantz continued that “These unnecessary hospitalizations are the real cost of failing to enact comprehensive smoke-free legislation.”

Let’s fight for comprehensive smoke-free legislation that will save lives and result in fewer hospitalizations due to heart attack!


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