Smoke-free laws may lead to lower premature birth rates

02/14/2013 | Reuters

Data from 606,877 live, singleton babies born in Flanders, Belgium, between 2002 and 2011 showed a decline in the number of preterm births following the implementation of smoke-free laws beginning in 2007. Belgian researchers found no evidence of a downward trend in preterm births in the years or months before the smoking bans. The findings appear in the British Medical Journal.

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