Asthma increases after smoke-free legislation


A new study has found that there was a sharp fall in the number of children admitted to hospital with severe asthma after smoke-free legislation was introduced in England.

A study showed a 12% drop in the first year after the law to stop smoking in enclosed public places came into force.

According to the report published in BBC that the authors say there is

growing evidence that many people are opting for smoke-free homes as well.

The fall was seen among boys and girls of all ages, across wealthy and deprived neighbourhoods, in cities and in rural areas.

Prior to the smoke-free law much of the debate on the legislation centred on protection of bar workers from passive smoke.

At the time many critics said smokers would respond by lighting up more at home-harming the health of their families. But the authors of this study say there is growing evidence that more people are insisting on smoke-free homes.

The lead researcher, Prof. Christopher Millett, said the legislation has prompted unexpected, but very welcome, changes in behaviour.

“We increasingly think it’s because people are adopting smoke-free homes when these smoke-free laws are introduced and this is because they see the benefits of smoke-free laws in public places such as restaurants and they increasingly want to adopt them in their home.

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