|Richmond, Martinez win anti-smoking
September 25, 2009
same day Richmond received an award from the California Clean Air
Project for one of the most comprehensive second-hand smoking policies
in California, a UCSF study was published that showed “heart attack
rates fall immediately after smoking bans are put in place, dropping by
17% in the first year and by as much as 36% after three years.”
Richmond, Martinez win anti-smoking accolades
Posted: 09/24/2009 11:44:50 AM PDT
Updated: 09/24/2009 11:44:50 AM PDT
The laws bar tobacco smoking in public places such as parks, bus stops and where public events are held. Smoking is prohibited indoors where people congregate and work, including restaurants and the common areas of multiunit housing. It is also prohibited within 20 feet of doors, windows and vents leading to a place where smoking is banned.
Richmond took it a step further this summer when officials banned smoking in and around multiunit residences, where experts say secondhand smoke can seep through cracks and vents. This requirement goes into effect in 2011.
The awards are from the California Clean Air Project, which works on secondhand smoke issues statewide.
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Smoking Bans Cut Heart Attacks: Study
Public bans on puffing show immediate, dramatic results
Updated 4:30 AM PDT, Tue, Sep 22, 2009
Smoking bans can cut heart attacks by as much as 36%, according to a new study likely to lead to more calls for prohibitions on puffing.
"This study adds to the already strong evidence that secondhand smoke causes heart attacks, and that passing 100% smoke-free laws in all workplaces and public places is something we can do to protect the public," James Lightwood of the University of California-San Francisco, whose study appears in the journal Circulation, said in a statement.
The team pooled data from 13 studies of smoking bans in communities in the United States, Canada and Europe. They said heart attack rates fall immediately after smoking bans are put in place, dropping by 17% in the first year and by as much as 36% after three years.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, long-term exposure to secondhand smoke can raise heart disease rates in adult nonsmokers by up to 30%. Secondhand smoke kills an estimated 46,000 Americans every year from heart disease alone, the CDC and Heart Association say. Smoking also causes several types of cancer, stroke and emphysema or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
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