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.

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Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine
Department of Pediatrics

Been, J., & Sheikh, A. (2016). Investigating the link between smoke-free legislation and stillbirths. Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine (Vol. 10, pp. 109–112). doi:10.1586/17476348.2016.1125784