Illinois' smoking ban could be helping save lives. A new report published in the "Circulation" journal indicates the number of hospitalizations for strokes dropped by 16-percent in communities that have banned smoking in public places, like restaurants and work places. Hospitalizations for heart attack went down by 15-percent and respiratory disease fell by 24-percent.
Lead researcher Stanton Glantz says the study shows that smoking bans lead to better health and substantial drops in medical costs for patients, their employers and taxpayers. Illinois' smoking ban went into effect in January 2008.