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Anti-smoking Laws May Help Reduce ER Admissions February 2, 2009

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Anti-smoking Laws May Help Reduce ER Admissions for Heart Attack

January 4, 2009 (AUGUSTA, GA) – A number of recent studies have helped shed light on one of the country’s most problematic health problems – the affects of smoking on cardiovascular health.

Studies conducted at Henry Ford Hospital and through the New York Health Department noted a marked decrease in heart attack admissions at hospitals located within cities that had instituted smoking bans.

According to the New York report, “In 2004, there were 3813 fewer hospital admissions for acute myocardial infarction than would have been expected in the absence of the comprehensive smoking ban. Direct health care cost savings of $56 million were realized in 2004.”

Cheryl Wheeler, manager of University Hospital’s Cancer Registry, said the study results are encouraging, and she hopes those numbers are reflected in our area in the future.

“These are very preliminary numbers, and I think it’s going to be interesting to look at how those numbers change over the years as more cities institute smoking bans,” she said.

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