Smoking Cessation Improved Heart Attack Stats in Spain

It’s a long-established fact that smoking kills: painfully and tortuously slow, most often than not, whether by lung or throat cancer, or through the effects of heart and/or cardiovascular disease. Most smokers, however, will adopt a ‘this cannot happen to me’ mindset and stick to it, even in the face of medical evidence. They will maintain their stance even in the face of legal action, taken to inhibit the devastating effects of smoking on their own health, as well as on that of the innocent bystanders, i.e. second-hand smokers. However, recent medical research might just strike a chord with those who claim that no good can come from anti-smoking legislation, save for a more adamantly defiant attitude from smokers.

Heart disease happens when the cells that make up the muscle of the heart are insufficiently vascularized. It is the leading cause of death in the United States and it kills over six hundred thousand people each year. In the U.S., 25 per cent of all deaths are caused by it. In Spain, the country where the research described below was conducted, there were over 32,000 deaths by coronary heart disease in 2011 alone. It has been estimated that smoking is behind the illness of one out of five people afflicted in Europe. Passive smoking has been estimated to cause 7 per cent of all deaths by infarction in Spain. Resorting to a smoke-free method of nicotine consumption, as provided by Blu cigs could significantly drive all these worrying stats downward.

 

Researchers in Spain have recently completed the REGICOR Study with the Girona Heart Registry. The study involved the participation of Barcelona’s Hospital del Mar, as well as that of three other medical institutions in the province of Girona, Spain. The main goal of the poll was to assess whether or not the partial smoking ban that Spain enforced in 2006 had impacted the incidence of acute myocardial infarction in the Spanish province. The study involved comparing two distinct sets of data: firstly, they looked into the well over 3,700 heart-attacks recorded in Girona prior to the implementation of the new law (from 2002 to 2004). They held these facts and figures against those recorded from 2006 until 2008. It’s worth bearing in mind that the study took a comprehensive view on the situation: infractions treated in the hospital were assessed alongside those which weren’t. The conclusions clearly supported the enforcement of Girona’s partial ban – at least where the correlation between heart attacks and smoking is concerned.

 

Upon completion of the study, the research report concluded that the rate of infarction had dropped by a significant 11 per cent, over the course of the two years post-smoking ban analyzed. There was a significant drop in heart attacks suffered by women, elders in general (specifically those aged 65 to 74), and non-smokers.  As a matter of fact, the former two categories may be counted among the law’s biggest beneficiaries, since 15 per cent fewer non-smokers and 18 per cent fewer people aged over 65 had suffered infarctions after the law came into force.