Studies suggest drop in heart attacks by 40 percent since introduction of smoking ban in UK
Recent studies provide evidence of significant drop in number of heart attacks in the UK since the introduction of smoking ban in 2007. With the reduction of passive smoking, less number of patients suffer from cardiovascular diseases. Smoking has been banned in public places and offices, although this ban has not convinced people to quit smoking, nevertheless smokers and nonsmokersare still reaping benefits with the reduction in passive smoking.
A well respected non-profit organisation, The Cochrane collaboration has observed a general reduction in the number of patients admitted for heart disease. The 14,000 academics of this organisation has studied data from 21 countries which has also implemented this ban to come to this conclusion.
Medical director of the British heart foundatation said: "This review strengthens previous evidence that banning smoking in public places leads to fewer deaths from heart disease and that this effect is greatest in the non-smoking population. So, in public health terms, this has been a successful piece of legislation. Smoking is bad for smokers and for those around them."
Effects of the ban on other respiratory conditions such as asthma are less evident. However a few of studies show a decrease in the number of admissions for such conditions.
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