Smoke-free laws are linked with substantial decreases in preterm births and children’s hospital visits for asthma, according to an international group of scientists.
Pediatric hospital admissions for asthma and preterm births drop by 10 percent after smoke-free legislation is enacted, the researchers write in The Lancet. They reviewed 11 studies that covered more than 2.5 million births and 247,148 incidents of asthma, the Los Angeles Times reports. Five studies looked at smoke-free laws in North America and six investigated the effects of smoking bans in Europe.
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