|New Study Shows Decrease in Heart Disease Since Passage of Smokefree Air Act (January 15, 2010)|
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Rep. Tyler Olson
New Study Shows Decrease in Heart Disease Since
Passage of Smokefree Air Act
DES MOINES, IA – State Representative Tyler Olson of
“I’m proud the Iowa Smokefree Air Act improved the health of Iowans and saved lives. I’m glad the act is having the effect we anticipated when it was passed two years ago” said Olson.
A study conducted by the American Cancer Society examined data submitted to the Iowa Department of Public Health summarizing the number of monthly hospitalizations between July 2005 and June 2009 for cardiovascular diseases caused or made worse by smoking and exposure to tobacco smoke. The 24 percent comes from comparing the hospitalizations since the Smokefree Air Act was passed to the previous three years.
“[The 24 percent] represents 2,324 fewer Iowans dealing with this condition; a result no one can ignore. In less than two years, we are already seeing the public health benefits of this landmark piece of legislation, and for that our legislators and the governor should be commended,” said Dr. Christopher Squier of the Department of Oral Pathology at the
The study also shows an eight percent decrease in hospital admissions for heart attacks and a five percent decrease in admissions for strokes.
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