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Cigarette Prices Should Be Doubled, According to Researchers

Doing so would help people save money – plus it will save millions of lives, a study claims.

A new research is suggesting that the price of cigarettes should be doubled. According to the experts, the move would result to “unprecedented health gains and poverty reduction”. Besides, this would help people living with small income save their money and their lungs at the same time.

As we all know, cigarette smoking remains to be one of the most serious health threats, causing different diseases and claiming the lives of many. Now researchers are saying that putting the price tags up by 50% would help prevent sickness and poverty.

Longer life, bigger savings – if cigarette prices are doubled.

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In a study conducted the University of Toronto and St Michael’s Hospital, we learn that the researchers used a “a computer model based on 13 countries and up to 500 million male smokers.” The said model was utilized to measure how increasing the price would affect the smokers based on their age and income.

The findings showed that around 450 million years of life “could be gained across the countries studied – around half of those in China,” a LadBible report tells us.

Meanwhile, smokers with the least income are expected to gain at least 7 years more of life.

Nope, increasing prices wouldn’t be a bad idea!

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Research creator Professor Prabhat Jha explained:

“Our study debunks the current narrative that higher cigarette prices would negatively impact the poorest among us.

“This analysis shows the opposite – a higher price would encourage cessation, lead to better health, and save money much more strongly for the poor than the rich.”

With increased tax on cigarettes, people will quit smoking since they can no longer afford it, the research points out.

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Meanwhile, Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) chief executive Deborah Arnott added:

“Putting taxes up does encourage many poorer smokers to quit, but those who don’t are doubly disadvantaged.

“That’s why ASH believes increased tobacco taxes to pay for measures that help smokers quit like mass media campaigns and specialist stop smoking services.”

In the same way, World Bank public health specialist Patricio Marquez said:

“Not only does increasing tobacco taxation reduce smoking and its health consequences, but the study’s findings are also relevant to the United Nations sustainable development goals to reduce poverty and improve health.”


  1. Paul Treloar

    April 17, 2018 at 3:32 AM

    So we want to make cigarets too expensive to buy but people want marawana ,pardon spelling,to be sold over the counter legally.

  2. Danny Domondon

    April 16, 2018 at 11:40 PM

    I agree however, to be fair, shooting galleries should be closed!!!

  3. Lynda Bint

    April 16, 2018 at 7:11 PM

    So should alcohol and marijuana……

  4. Andrew Tan

    April 16, 2018 at 7:57 AM

    It happen in Singapore try Google for the price in sg

  5. Dneram Sanedrac

    April 15, 2018 at 11:22 PM

    Like in the Philippines.

  6. Craig Foote

    April 15, 2018 at 10:59 PM

    sell ppl the most addictive substance on the planet..get them hooked and hike the price..

  7. Craig Foote

    April 15, 2018 at 10:57 PM

    revenue making off ppl addictions

  8. Segar Thegodfather

    April 15, 2018 at 10:50 PM

    Dont sell cigsrettes , ?

  9. Michael Cole

    April 15, 2018 at 10:29 PM

    I say get rid of church’s and christians.

  10. Dannie Stubbert

    April 15, 2018 at 6:45 PM


  11. Joseph Matthews

    April 15, 2018 at 6:16 PM

    Eliminating tobacco products will help improve people’s lives and the world.

  12. Antoinette Jacobs

    April 15, 2018 at 5:51 PM

    Tripled and booze

  13. Edwin P Ong

    April 15, 2018 at 5:40 PM

    4 x or kill the tobacco producer to end cigarettes product. Oops sorry

  14. Andy Flannigan

    April 15, 2018 at 4:30 PM

    disagree,then the illegal market flourishes even more than now

  15. Leo Robitaille

    April 15, 2018 at 4:08 PM


  16. Ted McNeil

    April 15, 2018 at 4:01 PM

    Let me say this how many innocent people have been killed by having one to many cigarettes where as drugs and alcohol cause murders beatings drunk or impaired drivers killing innocent people fack me people are brainwashed

  17. Mark Jesoro

    April 15, 2018 at 3:00 PM

    Make the weed smoking legal.

  18. Alex Hernandez

    April 15, 2018 at 1:43 PM

    Just stop manufacturing cigarettes


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