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UK: smoke free legislation reduces emergency hospital admissions
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Published on 22-02-13

The UK has one of the most comprehensive smoke-free legislations among the 27 EU member states. Along with Ireland, Malta and Spain it has introduced total bans on indoor smoking in the workplace, enclosed public spaces, bars and restaurants, healthcare and education facilities and on public transport. The overview comes in a report released today by the European Commission which assesses how smoke-free legislation affects exposure to second hand smoke across the EU and how these measures affect related health risks and economic activity.

    UK: smoke free legislation reduces emergency hospital admissions

    Figures provided by the UK itself show a statistically significant decrease (minus 2.4%) in the number of hospital admissions for heart attack (myocardial infraction) in the year following the introduction of smoke-free legislation. This amounted to 1200 fewer emergency admissions for myocardial infractions.

    Figures from a recent EU survey (Eurobarometer, 2012 ) show that in the UK exposure to second hand smoke decreased between 2009 and 2012, both in drinking and eating establishments, but most significantly - in the working place.

    General EU figures indicate exposure to second hand smoke in bars dropped by almost half – from 46% in 2009 to 28% in 2012.

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