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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

More Support for Smoke-free Workplaces

In 2006, Scotland passed a law forbidding smoking in any and all enclosed public spaces, like bars and offices.

Now, new research shows that this ban helped reduce the number of heart attacks in the country by 17 percent in its first year alone—a pretty darn convincing result that echoes the findings of eight similar studies in recent years.

Interestingly, a USA Today article on the study notes that two-thirds of this decline was among non-smokers.

"This really demonstrates that smoke-free laws work," Tom Glynn of the American Cancer Society told the newspaper. "They reduce disease and save money" in hospital costs.

That’s true for heart disease as well as cancer, says the article:
“Lung cancer rates in California, which began raising tobacco taxes in 1988 and banned indoor smoking in most workplaces in 1995, have been falling three times faster than rates in the rest of the country.”
The majority of our offices may already be smoke-free, but to me, research like this sounds like yet another excellent reason to initiate an entirely smoke-free workplace to me—courtyards, entrances and the like included. What do you think?

1 comment:

Mike Craycraft said...

While the smoke-free workplace might not get someone to totally quit it will at least eliminate 8 hours of smoking per day and that has to somewhat help their health.