CADCA.org reports on new research that shows smoking bans help curb kids’ severe asthma attacks. Smoking bans spare many children with asthma from being hospitalized, a finding that suggests smoke-free laws have even greater health benefits than previously believed, the Associated Press reports.
Other studies have charted the decline in adult heart attack rates after smoking bans were adopted. The new study, conducted in Scotland, looked at asthma-related hospitalizations of kids, which fell 13 percent a year after smoking was barred in 2006 from workplaces and public buildings, including bars and restaurants.
Before the ban, admissions had been rising 5 percent a year in Scotland, which has a notoriously poor health record among European countries.
Earlier United States studies, in Arizona and Kentucky, reached similar conclusions. But this was the largest study of its kind and offered the strongest case that smoking bans can bring immediate health improvements for many people.
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