Smoke-free law saved 1,200 heart attacks in England

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Anti-smoking laws in England prevented 1,200 heart attacks in their first year, according to a study published on Wednesday by the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

The analysis is based on emergency hospital admissions for England, a country with a population of 49 million, from July 2002 to September 2008.

The legislation, introduced on July 1 2007, outlawed smoking in all enclosed work places and public places such as bars and restaurants.

In its first year of implementation, there was a "significant drop" of 2.4 percent in acute myocardial infarction, the paper says.

Men and women aged over 60 were the biggest beneficiaries.

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