Benefits of Being Tobacco-Free

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Now that Ohio State is considering a tobacco-free campus initative, perhaps we should learn if smoking bans lead to measurable positive health results.  A recent study looked at health benefits after a smoking ban was put in place in restaurants and workplaces in a community in Minnesota. 

They found:

  • A 33% decrease in heart attacks (myocardial infarctions)
  • A 17% decrease in sudden cardiac death

This study also measured other possible risk factors for heart problems, so that it avoided overestimating the benefit. 

The docs conducting the study concluded:

  • “Exposure to second-hand smoke should be considered a modifiable risk factor for MI”
  • “All people should avoid second-hand smoke exposure as much as possible, and those with coronary heart disease should have no exposure to second-hand smoke.”

If you are interested in advice about smoking and reducing your risk for heart disease, come visit a provider at Student Health Services.  We are happy for assist you.  Until then, squash that butt!

 Good Health!

 Roger Miller, MD (OSU Student Health Services)

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