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Smoking ban 'has cut heart attacks'

The Local · 13 Mar 2012, 12:00

Published: 13 Mar 2012 12:00 GMT+01:00

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The study, conducted by the DAK-Gesundheit statutory health insurer showed a reduction in heart attacks by eight percent since 2007, while angina attacks – often a precursor to heart attacks - were down by 13 percent.

The insurer said it had evaluated hospital data of more than three million patients across Germany over the last five years - the biggest study in the world on the effects of a smoking ban.

The first year of the smoking ban had resulted in 1,880 fewer hospital treatments, and saved the health care system €7.7 million, said Herbert Rebsche, CEO of DAK-Gesundheit.

He said the state of Bavaria had imposed the most significant smoking ban in Germany, and its example should be followed by other states.

Carola Reimann, chairwoman of the parliamentary health committee called for the states – which determine health policy – to be more consistent over smoking bans. “I wish that all states would act like Bavaria and uniformly reject exceptions,” she said on Tuesday.

Hamburg state’s complicated smoking ban – which allowed bars which only sold drinks to have a separate smoking room, but barred any establishments which sold food from doing so – was ruled unconstitutional last month.

The Constitutional Court said smoking bans should apply to both restaurants and bars, or to none of them. Other states have either imposed blanket smoking bans or allow all establishments to set up smoking rooms.

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13:13 March 13, 2012 by HARLEYRIDER1778
Heart miracles are impossible

It's good to see Dr. Carl V. Philips back and blogging over at Ep-ology. In his last two posts he has been discussing the North Carolina heart miracle 'study', which is as bad a piece of advocacy-driven junk science as you will ever see.

In particular, he makes a point which I have tried to made before, which is absolutely fundamental to all the heart miracle studies. The results they report-of heart attacks falling by 17%, 21%, 40% or whatever-are simply impossible.


The North Carolina smoking ban/heart attack hoax

13:41 March 13, 2012 by freechoice
smokers should be charged higher premiums for their health insurance. it adds burden to the national health insurance.
14:08 March 13, 2012 by HARLEYRIDER1778
If you could prove smoking causes anything in anyone then you might have a point on insurance premiums. But after 100 years of propaganda studies not one single claim has ever been proven about smoking at all. So can we say if you or your family has past relatives with a genetic pre-disposition to certain ailments you should be charged higher premiums also in the same justification even though you show no signs of these genetic illnesses..........or really is it that the claimed smoking related illnesses are actually old age illnesses and not atttributable to anything except old age or genetic pre-dispositions to disease!
15:20 March 13, 2012 by catjones
HARLEYRIDER1778....likewise those pesky helmet laws, eh?
15:37 March 13, 2012 by becks41
I could care less about health effects of the smoking ban, I really appreciate coming home after a night out and not reeking of smoke. The only downside was that right after the ban, some of those bars and pubs smelled worse than an outhouse that hadn't been emptied in weeks.

No cause and effect between smoking and ... anything.. Harleyrider1778? Yeah, I might think that too if I got all of my news from someone who yells and complains that there is no evidence without providing any evidence of his own. Your velvetgloveironfist blog is a joke, reminds me of Rush Limbaugh a bit in that hey only spouts out catch phrases that are easier to agree with than to find the truth.

Your comparison to genetic predisposition is quite flawed, one can choose to smoke or not, but one certainly cannot (at least not yet) choose what genes they do or do not have.
16:46 March 13, 2012 by bugger
A study done by an insurance company?


Do not trust any statistics which you did not falsify on your own.
18:38 March 13, 2012 by Englishted

So should people who eat to much or the wrong food ,and/or ride bicycles with a reduction if you wear a helmet .

Some people step on the cracks on the pavement as well ,the list is endless .

Remember smokers pay excessive tax as do car drives but it is still their option, we have to watch out for the creeping nanny state.

I gave up smoking 7 years ago by the way.
20:29 March 13, 2012 by raandy
@ HARLEYRIDER1778 you ever talk or listen to" The Marlboro Man", he would take issue with your idiot point of view.
23:00 March 13, 2012 by HARLEYRIDER1778

7 October, the COT meeting on 26 October and the COC meeting on 18

November 2004.




"5. The Committees commented that tobacco smoke was a highly complex chemical mixture and that the causative agents for smoke induced diseases (such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, effects on reproduction and on offspring) was unknown. The mechanisms by which tobacco induced adverse effects were not established. The best information related to tobacco smoke - induced lung cancer, but even in this instance a detailed mechanism was not available. The Committees therefore agreed that on the basis of current knowledge it would be very difficult to identify a toxicological testing strategy or a biomonitoring approach for use in volunteer studies with smokers where the end-points determined or biomarkers measured were predictive of the overall burden of tobacco-induced adverse disease."

In other words ... our first hand smoke theory is so lame we can't even design a bogus lab experiment to prove it. In fact ... we don't even know how tobacco does all of the magical things we claim it does.

The greatest threat to the second hand theory is the weakness of the first hand theory.
09:00 March 14, 2012 by starsh3ro
@ Harleyrider08/15

10:43 March 14, 2012 by Joshontour
Harleyrider... why is someone from California so interested in what goes on in Germany?
13:20 March 15, 2012 by Michael R
When I used to visit Germany in the 90s, people would light up anywhere at any time without restriction. As one who hates smoke and has asthma, I could hardly go into a pub or restaurant without wheezing and smelling like an ashtray. Everyone ,it seemed smoked ,kids, dogs etc. and if you complained people would ignore you or call you names. Thank God this has changed. Not a minute too soon either. Now I can enjoy this beautiful country and breathe at the same time.
17:41 March 16, 2012 by willowsdad
Joshontour: Allow me to answer for Harley. As someone who enjoys visiting Germany precisely because you still have some semblance of social freedom, I'd like to know whether I should begin to line up another spot in which to spend my vacation.

Michael R.: So why are you not satisfied with a separate no smoking room?
20:29 March 16, 2012 by yuri_nahl
Smoking is bad for stamina for banging your sex partmer.
21:16 March 18, 2012 by willowsdad
Yuri: Never had any problems in that direction myself.
14:30 March 19, 2012 by Bravo2
Germans still smoke way too much. It's heartbreaking to see how many young people pick up the habit in this country because they think it's cool. There needs to be a general change in attitude towards smoking, not just location bans.
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