By Elizabeth Fernandez (EurekaNet) Laws that end smoking at work and other public places result in significantly fewer hospitalizations for heart attacks, strokes, asthma and other respiratory conditions, a new UCSF analysis has found.
The research provides evidence that smoke-free laws that cover workplaces, restaurants and bars have the biggest impacts on hospitalizations, reduce health care costs and also raise quality of life, the researchers said.
The authors found that comprehensive smoke-free laws were followed rapidly by significantly lower rates of hospital admissions than before the laws went into force:
- A 15 percent drop in heart attack hospitalizations;
- A 16 percent drop in stroke hospitalizations;
- A 24 percent drop in hospitalizations for respiratory diseases including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.