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Reduced incidence of admissions for myocardial infarction associated with public smoking ban: before and after study | Sargent, R. P.; Shepard, R. M., and Glantz, S. A.
Article Published: 2004

Risk: See "Further Information" notes
Type: Cohort
Funding Source: See "Further Information" notes
Published By: BMJ.328(7446):977-80

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ProjectMontanaKids, a project of the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and American Lung Association of the Northern Rockies, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, National Cancer Institute Grant CA-61021 and the American Legacy Foundation.

Reported risks:

Before smoking ban: acute myocardial infarctions 40/6 months.
After smoking ban: acute myocardial infarctions 24/6 months.
From text table 8.1, CALEPA 2004.

Further comments:

This pharmaceutically-funded study as well as money from the Master Settlement Agreement has been heavily criticized by many parties on both sides of the smoking issue. Classic example of junk science, it refers to the city of Helena, Montana, where a smoking ban was applied. The authors state that the number of heart attacks reported to the local hospital halved after only six months from the prohibition. This study is the forerunner of a completely faulty methodology used to create the political conviction that public smoking prohibition improves the health of citizens.

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