Smoking ban linked to reduction in premature births

Passive smoking has been linked to miscarriages and premature births as well as birth defects, asthma and lung infections. Credit: DPA

Smoking bans help to reduce premature births and childhood asthma, new research suggests.

A study of data from North America and Europe linked the prohibition of smoking in public places to a 10% fall in premature birth rates.

Hospital attendances for childhood asthma also dropped by the same amount in districts where smoking bans had been introduced.

Anti-smoking laws currently affect less than a sixth of the global population and 40% of children around the world are regularly exposed to second hand smoke, according to the study authors.

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Smoking ban 'reduced premature births and asthma'

Smoking bans help to reduce premature births and childhood asthma, new research suggests. A study of data from North America and Europe linked the prohibition of smoking in public places to a 10% fall in premature birth rates.