HEART ATTACK RATES DROP BY 26% IN CITIES THAT BAN SMOKING IN BARS AND RESTAURANTS:
We've known for years that secondhand smoke is bad for your health. But we never knew it was THIS bad . . .
--According to a new study from the University of California at San Francisco, cities that ban smoking in bars and restaurants experience a 17% drop in heart attack rates in just the first year. And by the third year, heart attack rates in smoke-free communities drop by an average of 26%.
--Meanwhile, researchers from the University of Kansas estimate that a nationwide ban on smoking in public places could prevent between 100,000 and 225,000 heart attacks every year. (CNN)