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Home smoking has not risen after ban

24th November 2009

A Cardiff University study has found that children have not been exposed to more smoke at home as a consequence of the smoking ban.


The ban had been criticised because it was thought smokers would switch the places they smoked and this would lead to them smoking more at home.

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland the ban was brought into force in 2007 and it was set up in Scotland in 2006.

The study of 3,500 primary school children was published in the BMC Public Health Journal.

The team compared saliva samples from children aged 10 to 11 taken in advance of the ban with samples taken 12 months later. The children also completed questionnaires.

The researchers said there was "no significant change" in the amount of smoke the children were exposed to.

Lead researcher Professor Laurence Moore said: "We could have hoped for a fall, and I think what policy-makers now need to do is look at ways of preventing people from taking up smoking in the first place as a way of reducing smoking levels."

A spokesperson from the Department of Health said: "Exposure to second-hand smoke is harmful, especially to young people. For this reason, we encourage all smokers to make their homes and cars smoke-free, especially if children are present."

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