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Smoking ban cuts heart attacks

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The smoking ban has caused heart attack rates to fall more quickly than expected, a Department of Health study has revealed.

The investigation claims the measure has resulted in a 10% drop in England since it was introduced in 2007.

The results of a separate report into the ban in Scotland, where it became law a year earlier, show an even sharper decline at 14%. Similar findings are expected in Wales.

The results so far seen in the UK have already been replicated across Europe, with figures showing a 15% drop in France and an 11% fall in both Ireland and Italy.

The chance of suffering a heart attack increases with smoking because the habit causes changes in blood chemistry, making it much more prone to clotting - a fact particularly dangerous for those with narrow coronary arteries.

Report leader Anna Gilmore said: ‘There is already overwhelming evidence that reducing people’s exposure to cigarette smoke reduces hospital admissions due to heart attacks.’

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  • The Nicotine of Tobacco indeed does narrow our arteries.

    It is the imitation fat of margarine, spreads, most ice-cream, dehydrogenated vegetable oils in cake mixes and cookies which fattens them and clogs them

    The Statins do nothing for these fattened arteries, even over 25 years of trying. They only lower Cholesterols and we need that to fill our brain cells with good fatty Myelin.

    Dr. Jerry Morris now 100 years old, noted the difference between Bus-drivers and Bus-conductors.

    The "sedentary" bus-driver had the heart attacks.

    The Active Bus-Conductor did not since he ran up and down 500 to 700 steps per day!!!

    Both categories shared the same back-ground, diet and WERE SMOKERS.

    So, run up and down those stairs wherever and get on your bikes.

    Quick-cured (in kilns) tobacco contains most Nicotine.

    Slow dried ( in draughty hill-top huts) tobacco as in local tobacco in tobacco-growing countries is healthier because it has very low Nicotine.

    Then buy the best cigars or local-made fags.

    Eat well and don't forget those natural organic fats from the farm.

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