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Saturday, 4 January 2014

Triple the price of cigarettes: the solution to fight against smoking

If a net increase in tobacco taxes allowed, smokers to reduce by one third in number by 2025? This is what two researchers who published a study on this subject.

"A higher tax on tobacco is the most effective measure to reduce smoking and reduce future smokers" and a few days before the rising price of tobacco 20 cent next January 13 in France, the researcher Prabhat Jha ​​says his recent study published in the journal The New England Journal of Medicine . In collaboration with Dr. Richard Peto, suggests that triple the taxes on tobacco would prevent 200 million deaths and reduce by one third the number of smokers.  

According to figures from the World Health Organization (WHO), tobacco kills nearly 6 million people every year and if no action is taken urgently, the annual number of deaths could reach more than 8 million by 2030. The two researchers have set the same goal as the WHO and the UN: to reduce by one third the prevalence of smoking in the world by 2025.  

An incredibly powerful tool  

Triple cigarette taxes would be the solution, according to them, which would reduce the price differences between different brands and prevent the temptation to turn to cheapest cigarette Brands instead of stopping or limit its consumption. Other arguments are, such an increase should also discourage young people who want to start and would be particularly effective in countries with low and middle income groups, where smoking is more prevalent.  

"In the world, about half a million children and adults under 35 years already - or soon will be - smoking and according to the current trend, few of them stop" worries Dr. Peto . "This study demonstrates that tobacco taxes are an incredibly powerful tool, and potentially a triple wTax: reducing the number of people who smoke and die from their addiction, reduce premature deaths related to tobacco and, at the same time increase State revenue, "he says.

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