Pueblo Smoking Ban Making a Difference


A study links Pueblo’s 2003 smoking ban to a 40-percent drop in heart attack hospitalizations.

Researchers found there were 399 hospital admissions for heart attacks in the city. That’s in the 18 months BEFORE the city’s smoking ban took effect in 2003.

In the similar period three years AFTER the ban, there were only 237 hospitalizations due to heart attacks.

That’s not only good news for the health of people in Pueblo, but also their wallets.

“Each hospital admission for a heart attack costs an average of $25,000 here in Pueblo, so in addition to saving lives, non-smoking ordinances also save a lot of money”, stated Dr. Carl Bartecchi, from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. “This good public health measure saved millions of dollars in health care costs during that time period from prevented heart attacks.”

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