Smoking ban cuts preterm births
Belgium sees drop in preterm births after initiating no-smoking policies
By Nathan Seppa, 11:43 AM March 8, 2013
Since Belgium instituted a phased-in ban on smoking in public places, the Flanders region has seen a steady decline in preterm births, researchers report February 14 in BMJ. Smoking during pregnancy is known to impair fetal growth and shorten gestation, and some research suggests secondhand smoke can contribute to the same problems. But the effect of smoking bans on gestation is less clear. Belgium halted smoking in most public buildings in 2006, then extended the ban to restaurants in 2007 ...
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