Public Smoking Bans Help Birth Rates

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By Molly Clifton

Public bans on smoking do seem to cut down on the number of babies born prematurely.

That’s the finding of a new study in Belgium.

Researchers looked at a series of smoking bans there  first in most public places, then in restaurants and finally in bars.

They found that after each phase of the ban the preterm birth rate went down.

Preterm birth is defined as being born before 37 weeks.



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