LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- The University of Kentucky’s Bridging Research Efforts and Advocacy Toward Healthy Environments (BREATHE) recently released a study showing a reduction in the number of lung cancer cases in communities with strict smoke-free workplace laws.
Strict smoke-free laws are known to aid in lowering heart attacks, stroke, asthma and emphysema and overall improve public health.
This study was led by Ellen Hahn, Ph.D., director of BREATHE and professor in the UK College of Nursing.
Her team studied new lung cancer cases and determined if communities with smoke-free laws had an impact on the rates.
The study is the first to show lower lung cancer rates in communities with strict smoke-free laws are lower than in communities without strict laws.
With such strong findings, it’s possible legislation could be prompted to create more communities with stricter workplace smoke-free laws in Kentucky.