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Smoking ban saves 'thousands of children' from illness

The smoking ban has been hailed as a success Credit: NIKKI SHORT / AAP

Tens of thousands of children have been spared illness and lung infections as a result of the smoking band in England.

The 2007 law that made it illegal to smoke indoors in public places has meant that 11,000 fewer children are hospitalised each year, according to a study. The sharpest falls were seen in the most deprived children.

Dr Carlos Jimenez-Ruiz, from the European Respiratory Society, said: "The findings of this new study add more weight to the argument that smoke-free legislation is a valuable tool in reducing the health harms of smoking, particularly in children."


Public smoking debate sparked by London park report

Medical officials have called for London's leading landmarks and parkland to become smoke-free in a bid to improve the health of the capital.

There was support in Trafalgar Square today for the tourist traps to force visitors to permanently stub out their cigarettes and cigars.

But others, including Mayor Boris Johnson, were reluctant to see London join other major cities in tightening its smoking rules, as ITV News Correspondent Lewis Vaughan Jones reports.

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