Research Points Out Benefits Of Impending Smoking Ban

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.


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  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Sep 24, 2009 at 06:30 AM
    Cactus - http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_MED_OBESITY_CANCER?SITE=NYBUE&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT - this sort of goes with our dialogue.
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Sep 23, 2009 at 08:33 AM
    Funny link by the way OSOC. Is that what critical thinkers call a 'slippery-slope'?
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Sep 23, 2009 at 08:30 AM
    But you must understand that people make choices that effect them in very negative ways. My point of view is that if one continues to make these choices in ignorance to their health, then they will tie up unneccessary treatment, time and money in hospitals. You are against healthcare reform, which is your opinion, but so are many others who's lifestyles lead them down a very sad path. You volunteer at the hospital, right? Count how many times visiting families bring Boojangles to heart patients, almost to the day after surgery. You don't think that's a problem? I do.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Sep 23, 2009 at 06:49 AM
    Derek, I am against shaping America in "someone elses" perspective of what is healthy and what rights we allow them to have. You, which is the biggest liberal on Witn posts, don't understand this. You want government making decisions for you. I guess you are not responsible enough to make decisions for yourself. Cactus, I go there often to that site. What they do in England totally blows me away. This site shows you what would evolve "potentially" by government control; http://aclu.org/pizza/images/screen.swf
  • by Michael Location: Philadelphia on Sep 22, 2009 at 08:27 PM
    To see just how nonsense statistics that support bans get made up and WHY they get made up should check these 3 links: . . . http://www.jacobgrier.com/blog/archives/2210.html shows how researchers promise the "right" kind of answers to ban funders before even doing the research and how they juggle numbers to create "right" answers even when they don't exist. . http://www.velvetgloveironfist.com/index.php?page_id=65 shows how the nonsense 14% heart attack drop was produced for Scotland: a good example of what's been done in these "instant heart attack cure" studies. . http://www.bmj.com/cgi/eletters/bmj.38055.715683.55v1#67440 offers strong criticisms for the grandfather of these studies: the "Helena Heart Miracle." Read "100 Days," "1,000 Days," and particularly down near the bottom "Independently Confirmed??" shows how the "evidence" of what they did was almost wiped from the Net. . Michael J. McFadden, Author of "Dissecting Antismokers' Brains"
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Sep 22, 2009 at 07:39 PM
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1045749/Obese-children-taken-care-parents-warned.html - here is that link Cactus, I don't know how you can spin it your way. Obesity in children is not something to turn a blind eye to.
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Sep 22, 2009 at 07:32 PM
    I heard about that overweight child that was removed from his mother's home. Caused quite a stir, but please post the whole story and not the talking point. She was not doing him any favors by practically feeding him to death. As for fines for not having enough trash, I doubt that would pass through Washington, recall that New York City sends their trash via railcars into South Carolina...I am sure there is plenty of trash around for all of us. Don't you just hate stepping in dog feces? Isn't that how Foot and Mouth disease is spread? Research that Cactus.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Sep 22, 2009 at 04:51 PM
    I am sure we all know an overweight child, how would you feel if the state removed that child from his/her home? They did just that in England, is this something you really want? I think a lot of you should read something other than the WITN page, try "dailymail.co.uk" for a week or two, then tell me how much you are in favor of the government taking control of your life, intruding into your homes, telling you how much trash you can put out for collection, or fining you for not producing enough trash (I'm serious), being fined for not picking up your dogs poop quick enough when you take him for a walk, all of this is what they call "health and safety" and enforced by local authorities at their whelm. Please read the daily of London for a while.
  • by Mary Location: Jamesville on Sep 22, 2009 at 02:35 PM
    Are you crazy, if smokers quit or even cut back the tax revenue will drop, then the government will double or triple the tax on other things you enjoy. Chips, candy soda, alcohol, taxes need to be cut not added to. The government will just continue to spend becasue it's not their money, it's yours. If the people that we stupidly elected would take pay cuts taxes would go down, why can't we vote on how much their salery is. I would like to pay them what I think they are worth. People need to remember that tobacco is one of the crops that helped N.C. start out. It carried many farmers through lean times. My 16 years old son who does not smoke, said that if an adult wants to light up it is that persons right. Right now if I know a restaurant does not allow smoking I don't eat there. I will always support the farmers, their crop put money in my hands when I was a teenager.
  • by southerngal Location: eastern nc on Sep 22, 2009 at 02:29 PM
    I think that while they on this banning trip they need to ban everyone who is a pound overweight from restuarants too so that the goverment can do their part to help these peoples health. It is this simple, as an AMERICAN you have the right to choose where you want to eat and where you dont so if you do not allow what the business owner allows in their place of business then dont do business with them, but it is none of the goverments business if business owners wants to allow smoking in their place of business. For everyone on here who is all for the goverment to stick their nose where you does not belong, then let the goverment come tell you how to spend your money, and etc.....
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