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Child hospital admissions fell after smoking ban

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The smoking ban in England may have prevented 90,000 children from being admitted to hospital, according to a new study published in the European Respiratory Journal.[1]

The smoking ban was introduced to England in 2007 which made it illegal to smoke in an enclosed public place or workplace.

Scientists studied over 1.5 million hospital admissions in the UK from 2001 to 2012.

The number of children admitted to hospital with chest infections suddenly decreased by 13.8% in 2007, when the ban was introduced.

The study also suggested that the number of admissions varied due to socio-economic status, with the largest reduction of chest infections being in children of a deprived background.

Study author Dr Jasper Been, from The University of Edinburgh, says: ‘Our results add to the growing body of evidence demonstrating the benefits of smoke-free legislation.’ [2]

‘Although our results cannot definitively establish a cause and effect, the rigorous analysis clearly shows that the introduction of smoke-free legislation was associated with significant reductions in hospital admissions among children.’

[1] http://erj.ersjournals.com/content/early/2015/05/28/09031936.00014615

[2] http://erj.ersjournals.com/site/presspack/NR35smokefree.pdf

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