Reduced admissions for acute myocardial infarction associated with a public smoking ban: matched controlled study

J Drug Educ. 2007;37(3):217-26. doi: 10.2190/DE.37.3.a.


There has been no research linking implementation of a public smoking ban and reduced incidence of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) among nonsmoking patients. An ex post facto matched control group study was conducted to determine whether there was a change in hospital admissions for AMI among nonsmoking patients after a public smoking ban was implemented in Monroe County compared with Delaware County, Indiana without such a ban. Poisson analysis was conducted for 44 months of hospital admissions. A significant drop occurred in the number of admissions among nonsmoking patients in Monroe County after the ban whereas a nonsignificant decrease in the number of admissions occurred in Delaware County. The changes in the number of smoking-patient admissions before and after the ban were not significant.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Myocardial Infarction / epidemiology*
  • Patient Admission / statistics & numerical data*
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution / legislation & jurisprudence*


  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution