Score One for the Law of Intended Consequences
Sometimes -- make that lots of times -- states pass laws or issue regulations that don't quite work out as intended. Here's a ...
Sometimes -- make that lots of times -- states pass laws or issue regulations that don't quite work out as intended.
Here's a notable exception: smoking bans. Turns out, bans on smoking in public places have a significant and positive effect on public health. The proof is in a new study that tracked the incidence of heart attacks, comparing rates in the city of Pueblo, Colorado, which has had a smoking ban in effect since 2003, and those in nearby counties that had no such bans.
The findings show that in the 18 months preceding Pueblo's ban, rates in the city and surrounding counties were identical. Three years after the ban went into effect, hospitalizations for heart attack had decreased 41 percent in Pueblo. No significant change was noted in the counties.
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
Immigration Ruling Also Blocks Some States' Health Policies2 days ago
Supreme Court Deadlock Halts Obama's Immigration Plan13 hours ago
In Round 2, Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action13 hours ago
Cop Who Drove Van in Freddie Gray Case Acquitted of All Charges14 hours ago
Cleveland's GOP Convention Rules Unconstitutional17 hours ago
Execution Drug Secrecy Law Upheld in Arkansas17 hours ago