Passive smoking has long been known to pose a health risk to non-smokers, and efforts to reduce levels of second-hand smoke have seen bans on indoor smoking in public and work places introduced in a number of countries, states, and regions.
A previous Cochrane Review in 2010 examined whether these smoking bans had actually reduced the levels of smoke in public places, and now an updated review has looked at evidence into the effects of the bans on passive smoking.
The most robust evidence yet, published in the Cochrane Library, suggests that national smoking legislation does reduce the harms of passive smoking and that populations benefit from reduced exposure to passive smoke.
Journalists came to the SMC to hear from authors of this Cochrane review discuss things like:
Speakers will include:
Dr Kate Frazer: HRB Cochrane Fellow & Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems, University College Dublin
Toby Lasserson, Cochrane Senior Editor