Smoking ban in England ‘cuts child hospital admissions’
29 May 2015
The BBC has today reported that since the smoking ban was introduced in England in 2007, thousands of children have been spared serious illness and hospital treatment.
The law against smoking in indoor public places saw 11,000 fewer children being admitted to hospital with lung infections every year, according to a study in the European Respiratory Journal.
There is a well-established link between second-hand smoke exposure and bronchitis, bronchiolitis, middle ear infections and respiratory tract infections.
Although the results cannot definitively establish cause and effect, the analysis ‘clearly shows that the introduction of smoke-free legislation was associated with significant reductions in hospital admissions among children’.
Sadly, less than one sixth of the world’s population is currently protected by anti-smoking laws and it is estimated that about 40% of children around the world are regularly exposed to second hand smoke.
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