Credit: Asthma Helper

Researchers at Glasgow University, Scotland have found that since the ban in the country of smoking in enclosed public places in 2006 cases of childhood asthma have been going down by 18 percent every year. Before the ban the hospitals were recording an increase in number of asthma cases by 5.2 percent annually.

Most to benefit from this government ruling are the small children and school-going children. Earlier the critics of this move had feared that it would increase the instances of smoking at home putting little children more at danger. However the investigations of the state post implementation of this law proved otherwise. The report actually shows that people have become more socially responsible and understand the need to protect little children and non-smokers from secondhand smoking.

This has also led to voluntary restrictions on household smoking. Another set of people who have benefited from this ruling are the bar tenders who till now have been victims of secondhand smoke in a big way. The researchers are still trying to determine whether the low number of asthmatic cases is because of the restrictions being followed at public places or at homes.