Asthma cases 'down after smoke ban'

Asthma cases 'down after smoke ban'

There are 4 comments on the This is Guernsey story from Jan 21, 2013, titled Asthma cases 'down after smoke ban'. In it, This is Guernsey reports that:

The number of children admitted to hospital with symptoms of asthma has fallen since the ban on smoking in enclosed public places came into effect, a study has found.

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Stinkola Gagola

Winnipeg, Canada

#1 Jan 21, 2013
It smell a whole lot better too. Unless you are in a line at the bank and a chimney stands behind you and pollute your air space.

Carmona, Philippines

#2 Jan 22, 2013
It can also give us a cleaner air to breathe in.

London, UK

#3 Jan 23, 2013
There no surprise there since smoking is one of the most common causes of asthma symptoms. I for one was very supportive of this ban on public smoking and will always be! I find that I do not have to limit myself to go certain places anymore because of the risk of my asthma being aggravated by the cigarette smoke.

Although banning public smoking has made a huge contribution in fighting against asthma, as well as general health, there is still an even greater issue. How do you deal with parents who smoke at home when they have children or relatives who live in the same house?

I for one think that people should have their free will to do what they want (legally of course  )but should also be responsible as well! For more on asthma visit

Morgantown, KY

#4 Jan 23, 2013
Asthma and the smoking ban: Find the decline
Yesterday I mentioned a study published in Pediatrics which claimed that childhood asthma rates fell after the English smoking ban was introduced in 2007. The study concludes:

The implementation of smoke-free legislation in England was associated with an immediate 8.9% reduction in hospitalizations for asthma along with a decrease of 3.4% per year.

The lead author is listed as Christopher Millett, an Australian social scientist who has worked in "obesity prevention" and assists Stanton Glantz's campaign to get smoking out of the movies. Glantz himself—founder of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights and a veteran campaigner for smoking bans—is a co-author and the study should be seen as another entry in Glantz's unenviable canon of junk science.

First, it is necessary to understand a few things about asthma. Although many people intuitively believe that there is a close relationship between smoking and asthma, this is not borne out by empirical evidence. As the BMJ noted in 2005:

A broad consensus exists that in most Western countries the prevalence of asthma increased over the last four decades of the 20th century.

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