Oct 1, 2012 at 7:14 am
ST. PAUL, Minn. (KNSI) Minnesota's smoking law has made a noticeable difference in the health of state residents.
On the law's 5-year anniversary today, state health commissioner Dr. Edward Ehlinger says a study from the Mayo Clinic shows a decline in heart attacks after the ban took effect.
Ehlinger says there's a notable decline in exposure to second-hand smoke and the number of addicted smokers has dropped.
Even though strides have been made in the health of Minnesotans, the American Lung Association estimates 625,000 Minnesotans still smoke.
It attributes the deaths of 5,100 state residents each year to smoking.
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