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There's a lot of edbate on smoking bans, on the impingement of indivdual liberty for the (supposed) benefit of the majorty. Theoretical debates about how people would react. About whether it would do any good or not.
Well, theory no more, a number of countries have impelemented a ban and precious, precious, numbers have been collected. Lets check out my favourite. Heart attacks. In Britainthere has been a general fall by 3% in heart-attacks suffered each year. In Scotland (moking ban implemented over a year ago) the Heart Attack rate in the first year of the smoking ban dropped by 17%. 17 > 3. In the same period, just in case you think there was some impressive country wide No Heart Attack scheme implemented, England's heart attack rate fell by 3%. And the super kicker is the that was the average, heart-attacks for non-smokers fell 20%, take that "passive smoking has no effect" lobby. Other countries have seen the same, Piedmont in Italy saw an 11% reduction in an area that had a slightly increasing rate of hert attacks.
There's a whoe bunch of stuff about residual levels of toxins falling in both childeren and adults as well which shows that a fear that smokers would just light up at home and poison the children seems, in general, to be unfounded.
So there we have it, smoking bans lead to healthier hearts. Awesome!