Do trans-fat bans save lives? Published by VoxEU on July 16, 2014.

Do trans-fat bans save lives? Published by VoxEU on July 16, 2014.

Read a summary of a paper (joint with Matthias Rieger) on the impact of trans-fat bans on cardiovascular health.

Artificial trans fat is omnipresent in the global food chain, but the medical consensus is that it increases the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease and stroke. Between 2007 and 2011, New York City and six other county health departments implemented bans on trans fat in restaurants. This column presents the first evaluation of the effect of these bans on cardiovascular disease mortality rates.

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