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"This approach however doesn't appeal much to the populace in the United States. Smoking bans and clean air laws, however, have prevented heart attacks in the U.S. and other countries  . Should people be paid to adopt healthy habits, or maybe lower their health insurance costs? "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: As health promoters, we seek ways to direct our patients and the public to those activities that will lead to a healthier and longer life. Many programs have been tried with relatively small groups of individuals, with limited or unsustained success. This study sought to evaluate the effectiveness of providing free, quality, unbiased, frequently updated, un-tainted, easily accessible information to an entire community (Pueblo, Colorado) of 60,000 households. The study showed that certain groups, namely the better educated, health care workers and females benefitted most from the health in-formation provided them. Whether the population most in need of such information was effectively reached remained unanswered due to lack of feedback from this targeted group. This study provided some valuable insights into the vari-ous challenges that one faces in trying to develop a better health-informed, participating population. It also suggests the need to continue to search for an effective way to produce the desired changes in health outcomes.
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[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Smoking is the most important single cause for cardiovascular and pulmonary morbidity and premature death. 60–75 % of myocardial infarctions are prevented by non smoking. A single cigarette shortens life expectancy by 28 min and each year the number of death from smoking is 15 times higher than the number of traffic casualties. 18 % of all death in the US is attributed to smoking.
Passive smoking contributes substantially to cardiovascular and pulmonary disease particularly in childhood to respiratory infections, otitis media and the sudden infant death syndrome. Experience in many European countries has demonstrated that a stronger legislation protecting non-smokers from passive smoking is well received by the overwhelming majority of the population and effective in decreasing cardiovascular and pulmonary morbidity. A strong legislation protecting non-smokers from passive smoking is therefore of benefit for the population and likely to diminish expenses within the health care system.
No preview · Article · Aug 2007 · Journal für Verbraucherschutz und Lebensmittelsicherheit