A national campaign launched in 2014 encouraging smokers to “Take it Right Outside” has had a large positive impact on children’s health according to a new study by medical experts at the University of Aberdeen.
Specifically, the number of under-five-year-olds admitted to hospital with asthma related complaints dropped significantly following the campaign effort.
The goal of the campaign encouraged smokers to smoke cigarettes outside their own home to protect children and other family members from second-hand smoke. The research from staff at Aberdeen, as well as Stirling & Glasgow examined data from 2000-2018 for children 16 yrs and under.
The Aberdeen study found that after the campaign there was a drop in hospital admissions for under five-year-olds for asthma of around 25% between 2014-2018.
The same reduction was not observed in children aged older than five years old – however, one possibility for the difference is that older children do not spend as much time inside the home in contact with secondhand smoke.
While the study did not measure asthma symptoms which did not require children to be admitted to the hospital for treatment, researchers say it is reasonable to expect that hundreds of young children have benefitted from less asthma symptoms due to the anti-smoking campaign.
The effort to reduce exposure to second hand smoke was helped by a ban on smoking in public places implemented in 2006 by the Scottish Government. The study was funded by the University of Aberdeen REF 2021 Impact Support Award Scheme.
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