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“Cancer danger of smacking children”
13 November 2012
On 13th November 2012 articles in the Daily Mail, the Express, the Sun and the Telegraph, linked “smacking” of children with increased risk of cancer, heart disease and asthma in later life. These articles were based on a study by Plymouth University psychology professor Michael Hyland who hailed the work as “a new perspective” on the issue of corporal punishment. Here, Professor David Spiegelhalter and Dr Andrea Danese put the claims in context.