Kids and tobacco: Good news, bad news
There’s new cause to have hope — and despair — for the health of America’s children.
Let’s start with the hope: Researchers writing in the Lancet found that smoking bans get rapid, positive health results for kids. Most important, bans have been linked with 10 percent reductions in premature births and children’s hospital visits for asthma — in about a year after a ban goes into effect.
Looked at another way, if smoking bans were in effect nationwide, nearly 50,000 premature births could be prevented each year.