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Smoke-free policies provide a boost to heart health

Many people do whatever they can to take care of their hearts, whether it is eating right, exercising or engaging in other healthy lifestyle choices. However, others who smoke in public places or work offices may be undoing all of the good efforts.

A study presented at the American College of Cardiology's Annual Scientific Session found that indoor smoking bans led to a significant decrease in hospital admissions for heart attacks. Because secondhand smoke is a factor in 50,000 deaths each year, the prospect of eliminating it from areas is one that is attractive to many. Not to mention, it could save lives in the process. 

Although individuals can take steps to improve the air quality around their homes, such as by investing in a home air purifier, more needs to be done. Medical-grade devices like the IQAir GC MultiGas are ideal for clearing the air of smoke indoors, but even they cannot protect people once they leave their homes. 

"Health care can't just take place at the individual level. It must be multipronged, and that includes public health policies being implemented at the highest levels," said Dr. Sourabh Aggarwal, the lead investigator of the study.