The American Cancer Society announced on Thursday, January 14 that heart disease admissions in Iowa have decreased 24 percent since the Iowa Smokefree Air Act was passed in 2008.

            The benefits appear to be increasing in size, with more than a 40 percent decrease in coronary heart disease admissions from June 2008 through June 2009.

            The study monitored hospital admissions for tobacco related illnesses from July 2005 through June 2009.

            The studies also show a five percent decrease in hospital admissions for strokes, and an eight percent decrease in hospital admissions for heart attacks.  Other data illustrates a sharp decline in the smoking rate and cigarettes consumed in Iowa since 2007.  This correlates with the increased tobacco tax released that year, as well as the passage of the Iowa Smokefree Air Act.