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Smoking bans = fewer hospital visits

(UPI) Hospital admissions for acute heart attacks fall about 20 percent 36 months after restaurant, bar and workplace smoking bans, U.S. researchers say…
In addition to fewer heart attack admissions, admission rates for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease fell 11 percent where workplace smoking bans were in place and 15 percent where bar smoking bans were present.
However, there was very little effect found for hospitalization for gastrointestinal hemorrhage and hip fracture -- two conditions largely unrelated to smoking and examined as points of comparison.
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