The health, poverty, and financial consequences of a cigarette price increase among 500 million male smokers in 13 middle income countries: compartmental model study

Key findings, arguments and recommendations: (1) Increasing the price of cigarettes leads to better health and financial gains for the poorest 20% of a male population (in a middle-income country) than for the richest 20%; (2) Implementing effective tobacco control measures could avoid hundreds of millions of premature deaths in the 21st century;
Key facts and stats: (1) The majority of the forecasting 1 billion tobacco-related deaths in the 21st century will occur in LMICs; (2) A global 50% increase in cigarette prices would enable roughly 20 million people to avoid extreme poverty; (3) Money not spent on cigarettes would be spent in other areas of the economy, which would generate employment
Main focus: Poverty
Other topics addressed:  Life span; financial protection; taxation; SDGs
Source: Article in the British Medical Journal

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