Smoke-free laws lead to significantly fewer hospitalizations and deaths for heart attacks and strokes, according to new research published in the current issue of the American Heart Association journal Circulation.
• Smoke-free policies that apply in workplaces, restaurants and bars have the greatest effect on hospitalizations, reduce health care costs and better quality of life.
• Laws that include exemptions in spaces like bars are not as effective.
• The more comprehensive smoke-free laws save lives and money.
The American Heart Association advocates for comprehensive smoke-free air policies at the local, state and federal levels. Learn more about tobacco control and prevention advocacy and if smoking has impacted your life, please tell us about it.
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