Kids’ Asthma Flareups Fall Off After No-Smoking Laws

Kids’ Asthma Flareups Fall Off After No-Smoking Laws


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MONDAY, Jan. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) — In many U.S. communities that have adopted indoor smoking bans, fewer children need emergency asthma treatment, a new study finds.

ER visits for childhood asthma attacks fell 17 percent overall in 20 metropolitan areas that prohibit smoking in public places such as restaurants and hotels, researchers found.

The study doesn’t confirm that the clean air laws directly boost lung health in kids. But, it makes a strong case, according to the researchers from Brown University, the University of Chicago Medical Center and Kansas University.

“Combined with other studies, our results make it clear that clean indoor air legislation improves public health,” study co-author Theresa Shireman said in a University of Chicago news release. She’s a professor at the Brown School of Public Health.

Study author Dr. Christina Ciaccio agreed.

“Children are in a very unique situation in that they have very little control over their