Monday, April 05, 2004

Thank You For Not Smoking

The rate of heart attacks in Helena, Montana dropped by over 40% after the city instituted a ban on smoking in public places.

Critics will point out that that the sample size was small; Helena has a population of 64,000, and the drop in heart attacks represented a decrease from 7 heart attacks per month to 4.

Of course, I'll also point out that if anyone conducted a study that indicated that banning genetically modified foods cut the heart attack rate by over 40%, everyone would be howling for a ban.

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