There is good news for those fighting for smoking bans around the world. Just five years after a nationwide smoking ban was enacted in England, childhood asthma related hospital visits are down 12.3 percent. The findings were reported through the journal Pediatrics by the Imperial College London. These findings are similar to those found in studies in the US after smoking bans were enacted in public, indoor facilities. While exposure has decreased because of the bans, it has also been suggested that public opinions of smoking is also changing because of the ban.
According to Dr. Christopher Millett, who led the UK study, “Previous studies have also suggested that the smoke-free law changed people's attitudes about exposing others to second-hand smoke and led more people to abstain from smoking voluntarily at home and in cars. We think that exposing children to less second-hand smoke in these settings probably played an important role in reducing asthma attacks.”
Hopefully, along with other studies, public health lobbyists around the world will be able to continue to fight for smoke-free legislation to help protect asthma sufferers around the world.
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