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Re: [UK news] Proposed "Fat tax"

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A good friend of mine did her PhD in studying the efficacy of various anti-smoking tactics (implementing bans in public places, raising prices, restricting advertising, printing warnings on packages, etc.) and she said that there is a definite correlation between increased tobacco taxes and a reduction in smoking rate. It's true that many people will choose to continue to smoke, but for some people the increased cost of smoking does provide the final impetus for them to quit. So implementing this type of policy to reduce the smoking rate is based on fact, and not just opinion.
I can imagine that there are some who quit based on price but compared to non-addictive consumer items, the price increase must be significant.

Sounds like an interesting thesis though.
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