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April 16th, 2013:

England’s smoking ban linked to annual five percent drop in emergency admissions for asthma


England’s smoking ban linked to annual five percent drop in emergency admissions for asthma

Emergency admissions for asthma among adults fell by just under five percent in each of the first three years after the ban on smoking in public places was introduced in England, reveals the largest study of its kind, published online in Thorax.

See also:
– Emergency asthma admissions drop following smokefree law, University of Bath
– Short-term impact of the smokefree legislation in England on emergency hospital admissions for asthma among adults: a population-based study, Thorax

Source: Medical Xpress – 15 April 2013

Ban smoking while driving, motorists tell road safety charity

According to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) 56% of drivers think smoking while driving should be banned, although 45% of respondents to the IAM survey of 3,016 drivers think such a ban would not be enforceable.

Source: This is Plymouth – 15 April 2013

Staffordshire: Shelters shelved as hospitals smoking bans stay

University Hospital of North Staffordshire has been forced to abandon plans to install smoking shelters on its grounds after a national NHS guidance of outright bans on hospital grounds was reaffirmed.

Source: This is Staffordshire – 15 April 2013

Scotland: BMA backs calls for industry to put public interest before profits

The BMA in Scotland has backed calls on the food, drink and tobacco industries to abandon irresponsible and unethical business practices.

Source: Gov Today – 15 April 2013

EU: Whistleblower MEP claims EU cover-up over Dalligate

Those at the top of the European Commission and European Parliament might be attempting to ‘keep the dirt inside’ over the scandal relating to the tobacco industry – claims Bart Staes MEP

Source: Public Service Europe – 15 April 2013

Bulgaria’s smoking ban led to 3 – 4% cut in cigarette sales

The full ban on smoking in public places that came into law in Bulgaria in June 2012 has led to a decline in cigarette sales by three to four per cent, although it is too early to assess the long-term effects, according to Sofia-based thinktank Industry Watch.

Source: Sofia Globe – 14 April 2013