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California tobacco control program cuts healthcare expenditure by $134 billion in 19 years

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1098 (Published 18 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1098
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

The tobacco control program in California has reduced expenditures for tobacco related healthcare by an estimated $134 (£87; €100) billion in its first 19 years, according to an analysis published in PLoS ONE.1

The analysis estimates that 6.8 billion fewer packs of cigarettes, worth $28.5 billion, were sold in the state because of the program up to the end of the fiscal year …

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