In a story titled "Will less smoke make Columbia more heart-healthy?" today in the Columbia Missourian (a newspaper of the MU School of Journalism), the same old junk science propaganda of the anti-smoking zealots was published without question. Only one side of the story was told and it is doubtful that the reporter did any research to determine whether any questions had been raised about how valid the studies cited are.
Here are some links to articles published by Dr. Michael Siegel on his blog which tell the rest of the story:
- New Study Casts Doubt on Claim that Smoking Bans Substantially Reduce Heart Attack Admissions
- Helena Claim of 40% Drop in Heart Attacks is Mathematically Impossible
- Pueblo Study Concludes that Smoking Ban Reduced Heart Attacks by 27%; Conclusion is Premature and Based on Shoddy Science
- Piedmont Italy Study Becomes the Latest in a String of Junk Science Papers on Effects of Smoking Bans on Heart Attack Admissions