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Study says Grand Forks smoking ban saved lives

Published 03/02/2012, Grand Forks Herald

Author says cause-effect unproven but pattern is similar to other communities
Banning smoking in Grand Forks bars may have put a dent in the number of heart attacks in the city, according to a new UND study. There were 24.1 percent fewer heart attack admissions at Altru Hospital in the four months after Aug. 15, 2010, compared to the four months before, a difference of 20 admissions, the study found. The rate of death following all admissions dropped from 2.5 percent to 1.8 percent, a difference of 83 lives.

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