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Tobacco control policies can save millions of lives
Tobacco control policies can save millions of lives (July 1, 2013 - Insidermedicine) From Washington - A new report published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization finds that tobacco control policies will save 7.4 million lives by 2050. Researchers studied 41 countries that had implemented at least one 'MPOWER' measure. The MPOWER tobacco control policies include reducing secondhand smoke, offering cessation assistance, warning about the dangers of smoking, enforcing bans on advertising, promotion and sponsorship, as well as raising taxes on tobacco. Researchers then conducted a modelling exercise to project the amount of premature deaths that these policies could prevent. Results showed that 7.4 million lives would be saved with the implementation of one or more of these measures, and that fewer adverse outcomes--such as low birth weight--would occur.
 
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