Ban prevented some teenage girls form taking up smoking, study

Ban prevented some teenage girls form taking up smoking, studyA new study has showed that a smoking ban put in place in the UK has effectively prevented some number of teenaged girls from takin up the nasty habit.

The study showed that smoking bans across the UK could have reduced the number of teenage girls who start smoking. The researchers said that the ban on smoking indoors have impacted many 15-year-old girls taking up the habit. The team of researchers from the University of Glasgow, the Welsh Government and the University of Stirling studied smoking prevalence among 13 and 15-year-old boys and girls from across the United Kingdom.

The team used health research questionnaires completed by teenagers to monitor the smoking trends over a number of years. They noted a reduction in regular smoking following the ban but it was much greater among 15 year old girls. The study author said that the ban resulted in reduction of 4.3 per cent among 15 year old girls and they also found that regular smoking fell 1.5 per cent in the UK.

Dr VittalKatikireddi, lead author of the paper and public health lecturer at the University of Glasgow's Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, said, "The results demonstrate a fairly big change in the number of young people starting smoking
- particularly in girls. For 15-year-old girls in England the smoking rate reduced from 24% to 19% after the legislation. Of course, the smoking bans are quite recent; the longer term impact could be even greater."

A ban on smoking in all enclosed public places and workplaces including bars, restaurants and public transportation was introduced in Scotland in March 2006, in Wales and Northern Ireland in April 2007 and in England in July 2007. The study was published in Nicotine and Tobacco Research.

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