Smoking ban associated with drop in hospital admissions for asthma

The UK's smoking ban has been associated with a drop in emergency hospital admissions for asthma-related problems, reports dailymail.co.uk.

According to researchers from the University of Bath, the number of asthma patients requiring treatment dropped by 1,900 in the first year of the ban. Furthermore, admissions continued to drop for the next two years, leading to a total drop of almost 6,000 admissions for those aged 16 and over in hospitals across the UK.

Overall, this represents a five per cent fall in total admissions for asthma-related incidents.

The impressive figures could prompt existing smokers to seek avenues to quit their habit. For example, hypnotherapy courses can be an effective way to discover the underlying reasons behind excessive smoking, as well as any other core factors behind the addiction.

Emily Humphreys, head of policy and public affairs at the charity Asthma UK, believes that by taking action to reduce asthma triggers, attacks - which potentially lead to hospitalisation and even death - could be prevented.

She said to guardian.co.uk: "Eight out of ten people with asthma tell us that other people's smoke makes their asthma worse.

"That's why we campaigned for the smoke-free laws and are delighted to see evidence of the benefits these are having on the millions of people with asthma in England," she added.