Lubbock's Smoking Ban - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/10/06

Lubbock's Smoking Ban

It's been about 2 years since Lubbock initiated its smoking ban in public places.

I understand from the Texas Tech Medical school that it's hard to measure the benefits.  So, we don't know how many adults and children in this area have better lung function and fewer asthma scares since the ban.

Now, a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association points to Scotland for some answers. The whole country banned smoking in public places back in March.

Now, the JAMA study says in Scotland, the health benefits started showing up within 2 months after the ban went into effect.

"This is the first study to really show that creation of smoke-free workplaces led to dramatic improvement," said Mark Eisner, MD from the University of California, San Francisco.

"I am living proof of it. I actually have asthma and my need for inhalers went down exponentially after the ban," said Bridget McCarthy, a Scotland bartender. By the way, Bridget says she's not just breathing easier, but business is booming at her smoke-free bar.

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