NHS: Smoking ban made no difference
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30 September 2009
Banning smoking in public places has made no difference to the number of people who smoke, according to an NHS report. The damning publication from the NHS Information Centre states there was “no significant difference” in the number of people who smoked before and after the law changed in 2007.
The report compared smoking in the six months before the smoking ban with the six months after its introduction. It found that men over the age of 35 smoke fewer cigarettes than before the ban, but younger men have started smoking more since it was introduced.
Positive findings from the report were that one third of smokers now stay at home to smoke instead of going out, resulting in adults being exposed to less second-hand smoke than before the ban. However there has been no difference for children exposed to second-hand smoke.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Health said: “The smoke-free laws have made public places more pleasant and will have had a positive effect on the health of thousands of people who are no longer exposed to second-hand smoke on a daily basis.”
Last week two studies said the public ban had a bigger impact on preventing heart attacks than expected. Journals Circulation and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found the bans cut heart attacks by up to a third. The NHS Information Centre estimated that one in five deaths in people over the age of 35 were caused by smoking last year.
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