Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have found that the proportion of stillbirths has dropped by almost eight per cent since the smoking ban was first introduced, adding to a growing list of findings proving that anti-smoking laws have helped to improve the health of babies and children.
Examining over 10 million births in England between 1995 and 2011, the findings show that almost 1500 stillbirths or newborn deaths were avoided in the first four years following the introduction of the smoking ban in public places. The ban has also helped to reduce the number of babies born with a low birth weight, according to the study.
The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, is the first of its kind to prove that anti-smoking laws are helping to reduce the risk of babies dying before or shortly after birth, with the study’s researchers hoping that the study will lead to more anti-smoking laws being enforced across the world.
As a result of the anti-smoking laws, more and more smokers have also made the switch to e-cigarettes, which can still be used in some public places, and contain less of the harmful chemicals found in regular tobacco cigarettes. To find out more, visit our online e-cigarette UK store, complete with everything you’ll need to know about switching to e-cigarettes.