Researchers at the University of Liverpool found that by a decrease in smoking will reduce mortality rates in individuals and entire populations within six months.

Research by Professor Simon Capewell and Dr Martin O'Flaherty at the Institute of Psychology, Health and Well-being, found evidence from clinical trials and natural experiments that reduction in smoking has a positive impact on hospital admissions and death from acute coronary heart disease within six months. The study was published in the Journal Lancet.

The impact of this study is not limited to small communities, but effects the global community. In what way? Financially speaking, it will save lots of money and we don’t have to wait that long either. Capewell explains the specifics.

"Our research found that smoking bans and diet improvements powerfully and rapidly reduce chronic disease in both individuals and in the wider population. This actually happens quickly, within a far shorter timescale than had previously been assumed; within months and years rather than decades. This discovery means that policies such as smoking bans or reducing saturated fats are effective at improving health and would save the NHS millions very rapidly" said Capewell.

After smoke free legislation was introduced in Scotland in 2006, hospital admissions for acute coronary syndrome decreased by 17 percent with a 6 percent decrease in out-of-hospital cardiac deaths.

When smoke free legislation was introduced in Helena, an isolated community in the US, it resulted in a 40 percent drop in Hospital admission rates for acute coronary syndrome within six months in one hospital. Once the smoking law was repealed the coronary admissions returned to previous levels within six months.