There were 399 hospital admissions for heart attacks in Pueblo during the 18 months before the smoke-free ordinance took effect.
19 to 36 months after the law went into effect, there were 237 heart attack hospitalizations — a 41% decline.
The hospitals serving communities with no smoke-free law did not see a decline.
The bottom line?
There had been a 27% drop in the rate of heart attack hospitalizations during the first 18 months after the ordinance was enacted compared to 18 months before the smoke-free policy took effect.
What’s special about The Pueblo Heart Study is the initial reduction in heart attack hospitalizations after a smoke-free law took effect was sustained for 3 years.
John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.