Investigating the link between smoke-free legislation and stillbirths

Jasper V. Been*, Aziz Sheikh

*Corresponding author for this work

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Despite considerable recent progress in tobacco control, smoking and second-hand smoke exposure continue to pose a major health threat to adults, children, and (unborn) babies. There is increasing evidence that implementation of smoke-free legislation, through reducing smoking and smoke exposure, has the potential to improve population health. In this editorial we focus on the research on smoke-free legislation in relation to stillbirths, summarizing the findings to-date, reflecting on methodological issues that need to be considered when interpreting this evidence base, and highlighting some key next steps to further strengthen the evidence in order to inform evidence-based policy making.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-112
JournalExpert Review of Respiratory Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Smoking
  • tobacco
  • pregnancy
  • second-hand smoke
  • policy
  • prevention
  • fetus
  • quasi-experiment
  • perinatal mortality
  • methodology

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