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Smoke-free Legislation and Hospitalizations for Childhood Asthma.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Mackay D, Haw S, Ayres JG, Fischbacher C, Pell JP. N Engl J Med. 2010 Sept 16;363:12.
This study examined whether the ban on smoking in public places in Scotland influenced the rate of hospital admissions for childhood asthma. The Scottish law went into effect in March, 2006. All hospital admissions for asthma were identified from January 2000 through October 2009 among children younger than 15 years of age. Results showed that after implementation of the legislation, there was a mean reduction in the rate of admissions of 18.2% per year relative to the rate on March 26, 2006. The reduction was evident among both preschool and school-age children. The authors conclude that the Scottish law was associated with a subsequent reduction in the rate of respiratory disease in populations other than those with occupational exposure to environmental tobacco smoke. One potential mechanism for this reduction is the adoption of smoke-free homes policies among smokers and non-smokers alike after passage of smoke-free legislation for public spaces.

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