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Am J Prev Med. 2005 Jul;29(1):19-26.

Cigarette tax increase and media campaign cost of reducing smoking-related deaths.

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Center for Health Studies, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, Seattle, Washington 98101, USA. fishman.p@ghc.org

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Tobacco use results in 500,000 premature deaths annually. Most smokers begin using tobacco before age 21, so the greatest impact on preventing smoking-related mortality is likely to come from campaigns targeting youths. This study estimates the cost-effectiveness of an anti-smoking media campaign and dollar 1 per pack increase in cigarette taxes on the lifetime decrease in smoking-attributable mortality among the cohort of all 18-year-olds in the United States during the year 2000.

METHODS:

Cost-effectiveness analysis conducted from a societal perspective.

RESULTS:

The combined effects of a media campaign and dollar 1 per pack tax increase will result in a societal savings of between dollar 590,000 per life-year saved, at a 3% discount rate and dollar 1.4 million per life year saved, at a 7% discount rate.

CONCLUSIONS:

A media campaign and $1 per pack cigarette tax increase will reduce overall smoking prevalence, significantly decrease smoking-attributable mortality, and decrease net societal costs.

PMID:
15958247
DOI:
10.1016/j.amepre.2005.03.004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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