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January 17th, 2008:

Study Shows Fall in Heart Attacks After Italian Smoking Ban

The Italian Government banned smoking in all indoor public places on Jan. 10, 2005. A new study suggests that this has resulted in a fall of 11 percent in hospital heart-attack admissions in those under age 60.Hospital admissions for acute heart attack in people under age 60 fell by 11 per cent in the Piedmont region of Italy in the five months after the introduction of a ban on smoking in indoor public places, compared with admissions for the same period in the previous year, according to the study, which was published in the European Heart Journal.

Dr. Francesco Barone-Adesi, a cancer researcher at the Cancer Epidemiology Unit at the University of Turin, says that smoking acts on the aggregation of platelets in the blood and was most likely to increase acutely the risk of acute myocardial infarction.

“It suggests that smoking regulations may have important short-term effects on health,” he says. “The long-term effects on respiratory and cardiovascular diseases and cancer will have to be evaluated over the years to come.”

The researchers observed reduction in active smoking after the ban could account for only a 0.7% decrease in admissions and that about a 10% decrease is due to the sharp reduction of exposure to passive smoking.

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DTP Calls For Ban On E-Cigarettes

News National – Today’s Zaman

Democratic Society Party (DTP) Şırnak deputy Hasip Kaplan, meanwhile, called on Parliament to ban the usage of electronic cigarettes, asserting they are no less harmful than normal cigarettes as marketed.

An electronic cigarette, made from microelectronic and supercritical atomizing technologies, takes the form of a tiny rod which is slightly longer than a normal cigarette. The mouthpiece of the device contains a replaceable cartridge filled with liquid. The main substances contained in the liquid are nicotine and propylene glycol.

“Under the law, smoking is prohibited in schools and hospitals, but such a prohibition is not valid for electronic cigarettes. Imagine a person who walks along the corridors of a school with an e-cigarette in his hand. Why do we deceive ourselves? It is claimed that e-cigarettes increase the risk of addiction because of their high levels of nicotine. We need to ban the usage of such devices,” he noted.