Smoke ban sees decline in childhood asthma21st January 2013
Scientists at Imperial College in London have said the amount of hospital admissions for children with severe asthma fell following the introduction of smoking restrictions in July 2007.
Emily Humphreys from Asthma UK commented: "This is something we campaigned for, so it is particularly encouraging that there has been a fall in children's hospital admissions for asthma since its introduction."
The team, who published their findings in the Pediatrics journal, viewed health service data from April 2002 onwards.
They found that the number of hospital admissions for children with severe asthma rose by over 2% every year until the ban came in force in 2007.
The research showed there was a 12% reduction in admissions in the year following the law which banned smoking in public places.
Admissions fell by 3% in each of the next two years and the total over a three-year period following the ban was the equivalent of around 6,800 admissions.
The study's lead researcher, Professor Christopher Millett, said: "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.
"This benefits children because they're less likely to be exposed to second hand smoke."
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