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Asthma admissions, smoking bans and administrative databases
  1. Brian D Kent1,2,
  2. Stephen J Lane2,
  3. Edward D Moloney2
  1. 1Pulmonary and Sleep Disorders Unit, St. Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
  2. 2Department of Respiratory Medicine, Adelaide & Meath Hospital, Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Brian Kent, Pulmonary and Sleep Disorders Unit, St. Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin D4, Ireland; Brian.kent{at}

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We read with great interest the recent paper by Sims et al, 1 wherein they identified a clinically and statistically significant reduction in admissions with asthma following the implementation of a workplace smoking ban in the UK, independent of prevailing temporal trends and other measureable confounding factors. We welcome this important addition to the evidence base in this area, and endorse the authors’ …

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