Smoking ban in UK made us happy!

The smoking ban across the UK made us happy - despite being a radical shift in the way we live, new research suggests.

Married women with children have benefited the most from the legislation, which was considered a landmark move 10 years ago.

The law, which came into force in the UK between 2006 and 2007, made it illegal for people to smoke in enclosed public spaces.

Dubbed the 'most important public health reform in generations', it meant people could no longer light up cigarettes in pubs and restaurants.  

Married women with children have benefited the most from the legislation, which was considered a landmark move 10 years ago

Married women with children have benefited the most from the legislation, which was considered a landmark move 10 years ago

Lancaster University researchers found the benefits were enjoyed by non-smokers, perhaps because they no longer had to be in smoke-filled rooms.

How was the study carried out? 

The team, led by Dr Eugenio Zucchelli, looked at the effects of the legislation on the general public in the past 10 years.

The study assessed data from participants self-assessments of their own well-being both before and after the introduction of the bans.

Dr Zucchelli said: 'We find that public smoking bans appear to have a statistically significant short-term positive impact on the well-being of married individuals.'

Writing in the Scottish Journal of Political Economy, he said the effect was especially apparent among women with dependent children.

However, there was no comparable increase for married men who had children in the study, Dr Zucchelli added.

HOW DEADLY IS SMOKING?

Smoking now kills seven million people a year - almost double the number recorded in 2000, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned in May.

The startling figures showed that tobacco use is the leading

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