Cigarette tax increase and media campaign

Cost of reducing smoking-related deaths

Paul A. Fishman, Beth E. Ebel, Michelle M. Garrison, Dimitri A. Christakis, Sarah Wiehe, Frederick P. Rivara

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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 $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 $1 per pack tax increase will result in a societal savings of between $590,000 per life-year saved, at a 3% discount rate and $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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-26
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Costs and Cost Analysis
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Mortality
Premature Mortality
Tobacco Use
Tobacco

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Cigarette tax increase and media campaign : Cost of reducing smoking-related deaths. / Fishman, Paul A.; Ebel, Beth E.; Garrison, Michelle M.; Christakis, Dimitri A.; Wiehe, Sarah; Rivara, Frederick P.

In: American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Vol. 29, No. 1, 07.2005, p. 19-26.

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Fishman, Paul A. ; Ebel, Beth E. ; Garrison, Michelle M. ; Christakis, Dimitri A. ; Wiehe, Sarah ; Rivara, Frederick P. / Cigarette tax increase and media campaign : Cost of reducing smoking-related deaths. In: American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2005 ; Vol. 29, No. 1. pp. 19-26.
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