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Smoke-free laws linked to drop in child asthma attacks: British study

Published on Jan 21, 2013 9:32 PM
 
Introducing laws banning smoking in enclosed public places can lead to swift and dramatic falls in the number of children admitted to hospital suffering asthma attacks, a British study has shown. -- ST PHOTO: STEPHANIE YEOW

LONDON (REUTERS) - Introducing laws banning smoking in enclosed public places can lead to swift and dramatic falls in the number of children admitted to hospital suffering asthma attacks, a British study has shown.

Researchers at Imperial College London found there was a 12.3 per cent fall in hospital admissions for childhood asthma in the first year after laws against smoking in enclosed public places and workplaces came into effect in July 2007.

Similar anti-smoking legislation has been introduced in many other countries, including in the United States where it has also been linked to a reduction in childhood asthma emergencies.

"The findings are good news... and they should encourage countries where public smoking is permitted to consider introducing similar legislation," said Dr Christopher Millett from Imperial's school of public health, who led the study.

 
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