Last September Jonathan Leake wrote a story Heart attacks plummet after smoking ban in which he stated:
The ban on public smoking has caused a fall in heart attack rates of about 10%, a study has found. …
The research into heart attack rates in England is being led by Anna Gilmore of Bath University. “There is already overwhelming evidence that reducing people’s exposure to cigarette smoke reduces hospital admissions due to heart attacks,” she said.
Gilmore’s research is incomplete and she emphasises the final results for England will not be published for several months.
Action on Smoking and Health, which linked to Leake’s story, carried this correction the next day:
We have heard that the figures reported in the Sunday Times yesterday (and now circulating elsewhere) are not based on any research conducted to date.
The impact of the smokefree legislation on heart attacks is being analysed by Anna Gilmore and team at Bath but they have no final results yet.
Their findings will be available next year in time for the three year review of the legislation.
Leake’s story remains uncorrected at the Sunday Times.