During the next few days and weeks, government officials at the city, county and state level across the nation should spend some time talking about the news that was announced by Mayo Clinic on Monday. At an American Heart Association Scientific Session in Orlando, Mayo revealed that in the 18 months after Olmsted County implemented a smoke-free workplace ordinance, the county's heart attack rate dropped 45 percent. The death rate due to sudden cardiac arrest fell 50 percent. If you'll pardon the pun, that's a smoking gun if we've ever seen one.
Post-Bulletin Opinion, 11/17/11