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Heart attack admissions fall after smoking ban

There were 1,200 fewer hospital admissions for heart attacks in England in the year after July 2007 - when the smoking ban came in, research suggests.

While the 2.4% drop was less dramatic than that reported in some areas where similar bans have been introduced, the figures suggest it saved the NHS £8.4m.

Researchers said even a small reduction had "important public health benefits".

The Bath team analysed English hospital admissions between 2002 and 2009, the British Medical Journal reports. More …