Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Smoking Ban in England Linked to Drop in Stillbirths and Newborn Deaths

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Smoking Ban in England Linked to Drop in Stillbirths and Newborn Deaths

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A new study, published in Scientific Reports, demonstrates that cases of stillbirths have dropped by almost 8% since the introduction of the smoking ban in England in 2007. The fall in stillbirths was an immediate effect of the ban which also saw a reduction of 7.6% in the number of babies dying shortly after birth and a 3.9% drop in low birth weight babies.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Edinburgh, looked at the birth information of more than 10 million births in England between 1995 and 2011. The implications of exposure to smoke during pregnancy have been understood for a long time and include an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease in an unborn child. This new study shows, for the first time, the positive effect that smoke-free legislation can have on reducing stillbirths. The study also looked at babies born with low birth weight, which is associated with health issues later in life such as heart disease and diabetes. …

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