Smoking bans are good for children’s health, according to a new review in the Lancet, which included 11 studies.
In areas where no-smoking laws were introduced, premature births and hospital visits for asthma attacks in children fell by 10 percent, on average, attributed to less exposure to secondhand smoke. Earlier research, including a 2012 study in Circulation, found that banning smoking in public places reduced heart attacks, strokes, respiratory symptoms, and other health problems in adults.
About 16 percent of the world’s population is now covered by anti-smoking laws, the paper noted, but that still leaves billions of people at risk. About 40 percent of children are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke.