I was poking about on www.Pollen.com looking at the soaring pollen counts this week, when something new caught my eye.
A tab saying "Allergy News" was begging to be clicked.
Up came a headline that reports "a slide in hospital admissions" after the public smoking ban went into effect.
Now, I'll let you go look at the article for yourself, if you like, but the point is this.
We now have TEN YEARS of data on what a smoking ban in a major metropolitan city will do to disease and Cardiopulmonary related admissions.
About 33-39% of those admissions are gone... people have not been admitted with as many breathing, heart, lung, asthma, etc conditions. Now there are other factors that influence these numbers, but the trend is unmistakable... The correlation is clear.
So, when I hear people complaining about how a local Health Department shouldn't have enacted such a public smoking ban... I've got to turn away and shake my head.
The data is mounting... the choice was right... less people are getting sick in these specific areas....
But some people don't want to hear this. They are convinced that it's their right to smoke.... and it is... if they can afford the cost.