Smoke-free legislation and hospitalizations for childhood asthma

Daniel Mackay, Sally Haw, Jon G Ayres, Colin Fischbacher, Jill P Pell

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Abstract / Description of output

Previous studies have shown that after the adoption of comprehensive smoke-free legislation, there is a reduction in respiratory symptoms among workers in bars. However, it is not known whether respiratory disease is also reduced among people who do not have occupational exposure to environmental tobacco smoke. The aim of our study was to determine whether the ban on smoking in public places in Scotland, which was initiated in March 2006, influenced the rate of hospital admissions for childhood asthma.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1139-45
Number of pages7
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 16 Sept 2010

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Adolescent
  • Asthma
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Restaurants
  • Risk
  • Scotland
  • Smoking
  • Social Class
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution
  • Workplace


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