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Study: Banning smoking in public places helps pregnant women

Banning smoking in public places has been very good for pregnant women, according to the Belgian study.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Banning smoking in public places has been very good for pregnant women, according to the Belgian study.

Researchers wanted to know the effects of the country’s three-stage smoking ban:
  • Phase one: Banned smoking in public places
  • Phase two: Banned smoking in restaurants
  • Phase three: Banned smoking in bars that serve food
Among the 600,000 births over the last decade, after each phase, there was a decline in the pre-term birth rate, defined as birth before 37 weeks.

The births are linked to adverse health outcomes for the child.

The biggest decline followed the ban on smoking in restaurants.

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