Faber, T. et al. Effect of tobacco control policies on perinatal and child health: a systematic review and meta-analysis. The Lancet Public Health. Volume 2, No. 9, e420–e437, September 2017
A global study published in The Lancet Public Health journal has concluded that Child health has improved significantly since the introduction of public smoking bans in many countries. The systematic review and meta-analysis showed that rates of children needing hospital care for severe chest infections have fallen by more than 18% since anti-smoking laws were introduced.
In line with earlier research, the study authors estimated that severe asthma attacks had fallen by almost 10% while the number of babies born prematurely had dropped by around 4% overall.
Raising taxes on tobacco products may also have improved child health, the researchers said, but the findings were less conclusive.
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