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Higher cigarette taxes could have prevented 182 000 newborn deaths in 2018, analysis finds

BMJ 2022; 376 doi: (Published 16 March 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;376:o700
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

If every country had met the World Health Organization’s recommendations for cigarette taxes around 182 000 newborn deaths could have been averted in 2018, an analysis has found.1

Researchers from Imperial College London, University Medical Centre Rotterdam, and the University of Edinburgh analysed annual mortality from 2008-18 and biennial WHO tobacco taxation data, which showed that increased cigarette taxes could have prevented around 231 000 deaths in children under 1 year old in 2018, including 182 000 newborns. Almost all of these …

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