Smoking Bans…Could that be REAL Healthcare Reform?

More and more smoking bans are being implemented in communities across the country.  The debate of such bans also continues.  The fact that smoke and second-hand smoke is harmful is not debatable; the freedom of who smokes, when they smoke and where they smoke is debatable, but we won’t go there on this blog.

The CDC asked a committee of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to assess data on the relationship of second-hand smoke and coronary artery events.  In short, they determined an association between second-hand smoke, cardio-vascular disease and acute coronary events. 

The IOM also determined smoking bans are effective at reducing the risk for heart failure and cardio-vascular disease.  Reductions of between 6% and 47% of heart attacks were realized where smoking bans were enacted. 

You can read more about the IOM’s findings in Cardiology Today at http://www.cardiologytoday.com/view.aspx?rid=44613.

Check back with us next week when I am going to blog something to think about when it comes to healthcare reform.  I am not going to delve into the politics of such, but with a little satire I will touch on what I mean by Smoking Bans…Could that be REAL Healthcare Reform?

—Marty Hudson

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