Ban Second-Hand Smoking And Premature Births, Birth Defects Will Be Reduced
    By News Staff | March 29th 2014 03:35 PM | 2 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments

    Only about 1/6th of the world bans smoking and a new paper in The Lancet seeks to increase that, and implied causality is the way to do it.

    Implied causality is fine, of course. No one knew smoking was bad until there was implied causality and then real causality, but in the culture war that seeks to control choice, population statistics are being used to sillier and sillier effect and it begins to border on pseudoscience, like third-hand smoke, and then sociology, like that banning smoking will cut premature births by 10 percent.

    To do so, they picked data from parts of North America and Europe where smoking bans have been introduced and then use claims and estimates (160,000 people estimated killed by second-hand smoke, which would be fine except there are zero actual deaths that can be attributed to second-hand smoke) and then estimate second-hand smoke also causes birth defects, stillborn birth and premature birth. asthma and lung infections.

    To make their claim they pulled statistics from 2.5 million births. Then they determined how many premature births and birth defects were and any positive curve was linked to smoking.

    In the quest to turn epidemiology into sociology, lead author Dr. Jasper Been of the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Population Health Sciences, says, "Our research shows that smoking bans are an effective way to protect the health of our children. These findings should help to accelerate the introduction of anti-smoking legislation in areas not currently protected."


    Sometimes one wonders if the Lancet should be renamed the Lancelet, because on occasions the brain power exhibited appears to be more like that of Amphioxus.

    In caption to the Wikipedia diagram below, item 1 is described as a “brain-like blister”.

    Robert H. Olley / Quondam Physics Department / University of Reading / England
    None of the studies of preterm birth, etc, that they used included suitable diagnostic methods for identifying chorioamniontis, without which about 90% of cases are missed. Birth certificate studies are worthless, because pathological or other advanced investigations of the birth tissues are virtually nonexistent. Poorer people, who are more likely to be smokers or passive smokers, are more likely to have been exposed to the pathogens that cause these illnesses, so smoking gets false blame. The rates of preterm birth, which rose more than 30 percent since the government began tracking them in 1981, have only declined recently, and that is due to intrapartum prophylaxis to carriers of Group B streptococcus – not smoking bans.

    All asthma studies were of hospital admissions, which reflect recent improved treatments that keep patients out of hospitals, for which they falsely credit smoking bans. The rates of asthma also steadily increased from the 1980s until recently, despite all the smoking bans and people bullied into quitting.