North Carolina is a little more than three months away from the smoking ban in bars and restaurants. New research shows today, the people here will not be far from reaping the health benefits of the change.
Research shows communities that have smoking bans have significantly fewer heart attacks in the years that follow the start of the ban. Experts reviewed 13 studies that looked at changes in heart attack rates after smoking bans started in American and European cities. They found heart heart attacks dropped 17 percent just the first year after the smoking ban started, and went down 36 percent in the three year following. The studies included data from 24 million people.
The smoking ban in North Carolina starts January 2.