Research from the University of Edinburgh has found that thousands of children have been spared serious illness and hospital treatment since the smoking ban was introduced in England in 2007.
The research found that the law against smoking in indoor public places saw 11,000 fewer children being admitted to hospital with lung infections every year. It also estimated that hospital admissions for children with respiratory infections fell by 3.5% immediately after the ban was introduced. The biggest effect seen was the number of children with chest infections – down nearly 14%.
Hazel Cheeseman, director of policy at the health charity ASH said:
“Back in 2007, the opponents of smoke-free legislation claimed that it would lead to more people smoking at home, placing their children at greater risk. This research supports evidence from elsewhere that this fear has not been realised. Without the ban on smoking in public places the NHS would be seeing more sick children at a significant cost to the public purse.”
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