Here is a recent article about a study that shows less heart attacks and asthma 6 years later after my home state , RI, implemented and banned smoking in restaurants and public places.
Hopefully similar results in the future of the Virgin Islands since the smoking ban laws were implemented last year.
Heart attacks, health costs down since RI smoking ban
A new study shows a reduction in heart attacks, cases of asthma and in health care costs since Rhode Island banned smoking in public places in 2005.
The Rhode Island Department of Health issued the study Tuesday. It found about a 28% reduction in hospitalizations attributed to heart attacks, along with about a $6 million savings in health care spending, following the implementation of the ban in 2005.
"The number of heart attacks significantly dropped immediately after implementation of the ban," said Dr. Cynthia Roberts with the Rhode Island Department of Health.
“The results contribute to the growing number of studies showing the significant health benefits and cost savings gained by having a statewide ban on indoor smoking in place,” said Director of Health, Michael Fine, MD in a statement.