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Hospital Admissions After Implementation of Arizona’s Comprehensive Statewide Smoking Ban

Friday, May 21, 2010  
Hospital Admissions for Acute Myocardial Infarction, Angina, Stroke, and Asthma After Implementation of Arizona’s Comprehensive Statewide Smoking Ban
Patricia M. Herman, ND, PhD, and Michele E. Walsh, PhD. Am J Public Health. Published online ahead of print May 13, 2010: e1–e6.

This study examined the impact of Arizona’s comprehensive statewide smoking ban enacted in May 2007. Monthly hospital admissions for four conditions causally related to secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure and four conditions not associated with SHS were compared before and after the ban went into effect. Results showed statistically significant reductions in hospital admissions for acute myocardial infarction (AMI), angina, stroke, and asthma in counties with no previous bans over what was seen in counties with previous smoking bans. The authors conclude that Arizona’s statewide smoking ban decreased hospital admissions for AMI, stroke, asthma, and angina.

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