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.
- 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!
Roger Miller, MD (OSU Student Health Services)