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Smoking ban linked to drop in stillbirths


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Smoking ban linked to drop in stillbirths

 

Date: 20/08/2015

The number of babies dying shortly after birth has also dropped by almost eight per cent, the study estimates.

The findings add to growing evidence that anti-smoking laws have had significant benefits for infant and child health.

Researchers looked at information on more than ten million births in England between 1995 and 2011.

Their findings suggest that almost 1500 stillbirths and newborn deaths were averted in the first four years after the law to prohibit smoking in public places was introduced.

The team also assessed the impact of the smoking ban on the number of babies born with a low birth weight, which is linked to health complications in later life including heart disease and diabetes.

More than five thousand fewer babies were born with a low birth weight of less than two and a half kilograms the researchers estimate.

Smoking and smoke-exposure during pregnancy are known to have long-term adverse effects on the health of unborn children, including increased risk of diabetes and heart disease.

The researchers have previously shown that rates of premature births have dropped significantly in countries where smoke-free legislation has been introduced.

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Source: Roslin Biocentre

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