The Irish workplace smoking ban: an afterthought

by Diane

It’s going to be fascinating to watch the figures and see if anything like this starts happening here:

“Every year Helena, Montana, counts how many people suffer heart attacks. Every year the number stayed about the same — until the city banned smoking in workplaces, bars and restaurants in 2002.

“Instantly the number of attacks among Helena’s townspeople plummeted by more than 40 per cent.

“Today, the British Medical Journal publishes a study that claims to be the first showing that cutting exposure to second-hand smoke prevents heart attacks immediately, and on a large scale….”

…Obviously the data need to be corroborated from other sources. But Ireland is going to be a great testbed for the numbers, as the ban doesn’t seem likely to be rescinded.

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