If you have or have ever known someone who has asthma, you know it is a serious illness which can have a huge impact on someone’s life. Children with asthma can be faced with a lifetime of inhalers, nebulizers, and A&E visits.
However researchers at the Imperial College in London, looked at the NHS findings of children being admitted for asthma since April 2002, and have seen a sharp drop in the number of children being admitted to hospital with severe asthma.
The researchers are finding evidence that this drop in admissions is linked to the smoking ban, or after smoke-free legislation was introduced in the UK.
The study showed a 12% drop in admissions the first year after the law to stop smoking in enclosed public places came into effect.
Prior to the smoking restriction introduced in July 2007, the number of children being admitted for asthma related illnesses was rising more than 2% a year.
This is a promising study and Asthma UK states the findings are “encouraging”.
Many critics of smoking in public cite the second-hand smoke theory that non-smokers are at risk even if they don’t smoke due to being around and breathing in second hand smoke from smokers.
Many pubs have stated that since this smoking legislation came into effect, their trade and business has dropped off drastically. Some pubs that have gone out of business even state the smoking ban is the direct cause of them closing.
The research shows that one of the benefits of the smoking ban is that many people who smoke will employ the same smoking technique, meaning going outside to smoke, at home. Smokers are not just lighting up anywhere in their own homes if they have a family, but are going outside or away from the family.
It is also believed that the smoking ban has caused many people to pack in smoking. It is no longer as easy as it was just to light up anywhere you wish. You have to make a concerted effort to go outside or to a designated smoking area.
For whatever reason, the findings are positive.