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NAQC Newsroom: Research

Mayo Clinic releases major findings from a ClearWay Minnesota-funded research study

Wednesday, November 16, 2011  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

Dear ClearWay MinnesotaSM Friends and Co-workers,

This week, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester released major findings from a ClearWay Minnesota-funded research study. The study found that the incidence of heart attack and sudden cardiac death in Olmsted County was cut nearly in half after smoke-free ordinances took effect.

This study is good news and adds to the overwhelming scientific evidence showing that strong public policies help reduce the harm of tobacco and exposure to secondhand smoke. We know that Minnesotans overwhelmingly support smoke-free policies and recognize secondhand smoke as a serious health risk. The findings from this study reinforce that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke and that smoke-free laws can save lives.

To view the press release and study information, please visit the Mayo Clinic News Release. To view a video of Dr. Richard Hurt of the Mayo Clinic’s Nicotine Dependence Center discussing the study, please visit the Mayo Clinic News Blog.

If you have trouble accessing either one of this sites, please let me know and we will send you the information as an attachment.

Thank you for your work and continued support.

Source: David Willoughby, Chief Executive Officer, ClearWay Minnesota.

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