Smoking Ban – Less Childhood Asthma

Researchers at a London university have found evidence that the smoking ban could have reduced childhood asthma rates considerably.  The study suggests a 12% drop in serious asthma cases amongst children (serious being defined as those resulting in hospitalisation) over the last 5 years and this coincides with the introduction of smoke-free legislation in July 2007.

Prior to the smoking ban, NHS figures indicated that such serious asthma attacks were increasing by about 2% per year so a 12% fall represents quite a sudden shift, which is being attributed at least in part to the smoking ban.

There were fears at the time of the ban that prohibiting smoking in workplaces and all enclosed public spaces would lead to more people smoking in the home and therefore harming the children of smokers more.  However,  these fears do not seem to have been realised and in fact there is growing evidence that many smokers are choosing to have smoke free homes.