Making Cigarettes More Expensive Could Save 450 Million Years of Life, Study Says

Tobacco currently kills more than 7 million people each year, making it one of the world’s most significant threats to public health, according to the World Health Organization. But the best intervention, according to a study published Wednesday in the BMJ, may be rooted in economics.

Doubling cigarette taxes in 13 middle-income countries across the globe could save almost 450 million years of life and $157 billion in averted medical costs -- all by prompting smokers to lay off the habit,...

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