The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Long-term benefits of smoke-free public places

     Several studies have reported that laws making indoor workplaces and public places smoke-free are associated with reductions in hospitalizations due to acute heart attacks.

    Now, results from The Pueblo Heart Study show benefits 36 months after the smoke-free ordinance in Pueblo, Colorado went into effect.

    First, the details.

    • Pueblo has a law that makes it illegal to smoke cigarettes in indoor workplaces and public places — smoke-free.
    • Hospitalizations for acute heart attack in Pueblo vs surrounding communities that do not have a smoke-free law were compared.
      • 0 to 18 months before the law
      • 0 to 18 months after the law
      • 19 to 36 months after the law
    • There was no overlap in the communities served by the Pueblo hospitals compared to the surrounding community hospitals surveyed.

    And, the results.

    • 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.

    1/5/09 19:24 JR

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