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Smoking bans reduce rates of premature birth
Smoking bans reduce rates of premature birth

(February 14, 2013 - Insidermedicine)

From Belgium – Efforts to ban smoking in public places have reduced rates of preterm birth, according to a report published in the BMJ. Researchers reviewed over 600,000 births over a 4 year period that saw the implementation of gradual smoking bans. Results showed that risk of preterm birth dropped after the introduction of new phase of the smoking bans. This association could not be explained by any other factor—including the mother’s age and socioeconomic status, and environmental factors such as pollution and influenza epidemics.

 
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