Smoke-free Legislation and Hospitalizations for Childhood Asthma

An article published in the September edition of the New England Journal of Medicine sheds light on 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. The authors concluded that passage of the smoke-free legislation was associated with a subsequent reduction in the rate of respiratory disease in populations other than those with occupational exposure to environmental tobacco smoke. To access the abstract and more information, please click here.