Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Post this everywhere and send to your local paper

http://www.nber. org/papers/ w14790

Changes in U.S. Hospitalization and Mortality Rates Following Smoking Bans
Kanaka D. Shetty, Thomas DeLeire, Chapin White, Jayanta Bhattacharya

NBER Working Paper No. 14790
Issued in March 2009
NBER Program(s): HC HE

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U.S. state and local governments are increasingly restricting smoking in public places. This paper analyzes nationally representative databases, including the Nationwide Inpatient Sample, to compare short-term changes in mortality and hospitalization rates in smoking-restricted regions with control regions. In contrast with smaller regional studies, we find that workplace bans are not associated with statistically significant short-term declines in mortality or hospital admissions for myocardial infarction or other diseases. An analysis simulating smaller studies using subsamples reveals that large short-term increases in myocardial infarction incidence following a workplace ban are as common as the large decreases reported in the published literature.

1 comment:

The Fun Police said...

Jay, thought you might get a kick out of one of my band's PSAs about smoking. The band is called The Fun Police and well, the video will speak for itself...

Ranger Ruffhousen