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More benefits than expected in smoking ban

By Ian Quinn

The ban on smoking in public places has had a better-than-expected impact on the number of heart attacks, according to new research.

Early results of a Department of Health-commissioned study reveal heart attack rates dropped by about 10% in England in the year after the ban was introduced in July 2007, says a report in The Sunday Times.

Studies in Scotland and Wales are reported to be finding even sharper decreases.

Other western European countries have seen similar falls in heart attack rates after smoking bans. France had a 15% drop in heart-attack admissions after a year, and both Italy and Ireland had an 11% reduction.

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