Mothers and babies benefit from smoking ban

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 08 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1741
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

Premature births and smoking among pregnant women have both fallen substantially in Scotland since a ban was introduced on tobacco use in public places almost six years ago.

Researchers at the University of Glasgow analysed more than 700 000 births before and after the legislation was introduced and found that the ban was associated with benefits for mothers and babies. They say the results add to the “growing evidence of the wide ranging health benefits of smoke free legislation and …

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