Researchers in their latest study found that law that bans smoking in public places have resulted in a fall of 10-percent in premature births. They also claimed that the number of children being admitted to hospital due to severe childhood asthma attacks has also dropped by the 10 percent in places with smoking ban.
On the basis of their study, the researchers found that the introduction of smoke-free laws led to a decline of preterm births being very small from the gestational age by five percent. The report of the study was released in fifth week of March 2014.
This was the first comprehensive international study to look at the effects of the anti-smoking laws in different countries and states and its impact on children of the areas of study. Under the study, the researchers analysed 11 previous studies, six of Europe and five of North America.
The study was conducted by a team of researchers and was led by the University of Edinburgh. Other participants of the study were
• Maastricht University
• Hasselt University in Belgium
• Harvard Medical School Brigham and Women's Hospital
Under this study the researchers looked after more than 2.5 million births and 250000 hospital attendances for asthma attacks in children.
The smoke-free law covers about 16 percent of the world population at present. UK banned smoking by a law in all enclosed public places and workplaces since July 2007. This legislation was introduced in England and Scotland in 2006 and in Wales and Northern Ireland the following year.