09/20/2010 // Scottland // TiffNews10 // News Desk
U.S. – A new study suggests smoking bans in public places may have health benefits for children. As reported by HealthDay News, Scottish researchers found that smoke-free laws are linked to a decrease in hospital admissions related to childhood asthma.
Lead researcher Dr. Jill Pell, the Henry Mechan Professor of Public Health at the University of Glasgow, is quoted in the report as stating of the study, “ours is the first study to have looked at a subgroup of the population [children], who do not have occupational exposure.”
Pell is further quoted as stating of the findings, “The evidence from Scotland is that legislation has an effect that extends beyond the locations that are covered by the restrictions… In Scotland there has been an increase in voluntary bans in the home and a resultant reduction in exposure to secondhand smoke among children. It is clear that legislation has a more general effect on smoking attitudes and behaviors.”
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