cmknight Post time: 2017-3-9 02:49
Your first link was to a 2011 study which found that smoking was reduced in only 4% of the subpopu ...
study which found that smoking was reduced in only 4% of the subpopulations studied
Where did you come up with that 4% of the subgroups? The study only had 6 subgroups.
In results it was noted: "There was strong evidence that raising cigarette prices through increased taxes is a more effective tobacco control policy measure for reducing smoking behavior among youth, young adults, and persons of low socioeconomic status, compared to the general population."
That's 3 of the high-risk subgroups. In 3 other groups ("dual diagnosis, heavy and/or long-term smokers, and Aboriginal people") price was not seen to have affect.
In 2013/14 there were over 1.6 million admissions for adults aged 35 and over with a primary diagnosis of a disease that can be caused by smoking. This is approximately 4,500 admissions per day on average. This compares to 1.4 million admissions ten years earlier in 2003/04 with approximately 3,800 admissions per day on average.
The price of a pack of cigarettes in the UK is approximately 75 rmb. 25% of men smoke and 18% of women smoke between the ages of 16 to 50. If you want to reduce smoking then you need to make it totally unaffordable rather than moderately expensive and back it with an advertising campaign on packs of cigarettes, TV, and newspapers that explain the full risks of smoking.