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Studies show benefits of smoke-free laws

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Two new studies show smoke-free laws have lead to fewer heart attacks and hospitalizations. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota tracked heart attacks before and after a comprehensive smoke-free workplace law went into their surrounding county. The research shows a 33-percent decline heart attacks and a 17-percent drop in sudden cardiac deaths after the law went into effect. It's in line with other research out today from the University of California at San Francisco. Researchers there reviewed 45 studies covering smoke-free laws worldwide. They all pointed to the same conclusion, which is the number of heart attacks, strokes, and hospitalizations for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease went down dramatically after communities pass the smoke free restrictions.

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