Smoking Bans Help Kids Breathe Easier

(HealthDay News) -- Smoking bans help protect the health of children's lungs, a new analysis shows.

The researchers reviewed 41 studies from North America, Europe and China, and found that anti-smoking measures were linked to a more than 18 percent decrease in childhood chest infections requiring hospital care, a nearly 10 percent decline in severe asthma attacks among children, and about a 4 percent drop in preterm births. But the study could not prove that the anti-smoking measures caused these decreases.

"Our study demonstrates that children's health benefits substantially from smoke-free laws and raising tobacco prices," said researcher Dr. Jasper Been, from the Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands. "To protect the health of some of the most vulnerable members of society, implementation of such tobacco control policies should be accelerated across the globe."

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