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Child admissions for lower respiratory tract infections fall after smoking ban

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 05 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4154
  1. Ingrid Torjesen

Hospital admissions of children with lower respiratory tract infections have fallen by 18.5% since the public smoking ban and 9.8% fewer children have attended hospital for severe asthma exacerbations, research published in the Lancet Public Health shows.1

The results also showed a 3.7% reduction in preterm births after the ban’s implementation.

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh, UK, and the Erasmus University Medical Centre in the Netherlands identified studies assessing the impact of World Health Organization tobacco control policies on perinatal and child health since their introduction.

They identified 41 studies where tobacco …

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