Who benefit most from eliminating environments where smoking can happen?
Readers following Tobacco.org alerts on secondhand smoke received and passed along the press release from the European Society of Cardiology ESC.
What’s all the excitement about from this press release?
After Germany implemented its smoking bans January 1 2008 in work and public spaces, comparisons in pre and post rates of ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) between 2006 and 2010 in Bremen, Germany showed a 26% reduction in non-smokers.
STEMI is considered the severest and deadliest form of myocardial infarction. STEMI rates increased 4% (from 25 to 26 STEMIs per month) in active smokers.
Dr. Johannes Schmucker is quoted after presenting the findings at the ESC Congress 2012, “Non-smokers, and especially non-smokers under the age of 65, benefit most from the implementation of the law, indicating the harmful effects of passive smoking.”
Rates of 31% less per month, young non-smokers showed the greatest reductions in ST-elevation myocardial infarctions.
In the press release, Dr. Schmucker is quoted, “This confirms that the smoking ban had a positive impact on the population as a whole by decreasing the number of STEMI’s…and suggests that expanding anti-smoking legislation could reduce the occurrence of STEMIs even further in the future.”
If you look behind why cigarette package warnings include blindness, you find that people subject to secondhand smoke were nearly twice as likely to develop macular degeneration.
Yet, few family doctors or specialists ask questions about what kind of environment their patients live in, and investigate what factors trigger the disease. They operate out of the notion of treating the disease.
The public at large remains brainwashed by the notion of “smokers rights,” a non-profit of Big Tobacco, a marketing coo from the 1980’s. For a comprehensive review on slaying the myths of smokers' rights, see the Quebec tobacco trial “Eye on the Trials”.
Tobacco and smoking remains one of the world’s, much less Canada’s, perpetual epidemics. After being delivered into the smoking horrors, it took me five years to get out. I’m in recovery.
Any defensive discussion maintaining the status quo on secondhand smoke is indefensible, financially and morally corrupt. Trials determine to what extent and financial damages, out of the code “Eye for an Eye, (William Ian Miller).”