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Smoking Bans Prevent Heart Attacks

Circulation (Impact Factor: 14.43). 11/2006; 114(14):1450-1. DOI: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.106.649103
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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 [3] [4]. Should people be paid to adopt healthy habits, or maybe lower their health insurance costs? "
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