I was living in California when the smoking ban went into effect there. Smokers and barroom patrons were very upset about the law’s passage. I recall, as a musician playing in many bars and clubs, the friction caused by this switch. But folks got over it. Then I moved back to New York and remember being incredulous that folks still smoked in the bars there, until the Empire State passed its own ban. Then the wailing among bar goers began again. And again, in time, folks got over it. It seems all the friction was worth it in the end. Follow me over the fold for the latest.
According to a report by Reuters:
One team found smoking bans in the United States, Canada and Europe had an immediate effect that increased over time, cutting heart attacks by 17 percent after the first year and as much as 36 percent after three years, they reported in the journal Circulation.
A second team found such bans reduced the annual heart attack rate by 26 percent. Their report in the estimates a nationwide ban in the United States could prevent as many as 154,000 heart attacks each year.
Both research teams said the findings support the adoption of widespread bans on smoking in enclosed public places to prevent heart attacks and improve public health.
“lung cancer and , diseases that develop much more slowly than heart attacks,” said Dr. David Meyers of the of Medicine, who led the study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. seem to be tremendously effective in reducing heart attack and, theoretically, might also help to prevent
“Even breathing in low doses of cigarette smoke can increase one’s risk of heart attack,” he said.
Smoking bans have been enacted in countries all over the world. In the United States, 32 states ban smoking in public places and workplaces, and many cities and other localities do, too.
Sometimes I guess, the best medicine is difficult to swallow, but once we take it as a society, we all feel the positive health effects.