Cigarette tax hikes 'can save millions of lives'
TAX rises on cigarettes save more lives than smoking bans, according to a global study, which shows tobacco control measures averting seven million deaths by 2050.
Scientists looked at the effects of six anti-smoking policies introduced in 41 countries between 2007 and 2010.
Projections of the number of premature deaths the measures were likely to prevent by 2050 produced a figure of 7.4 million.
Increasing taxes on cigarettes to 75pc of their price in 14 regions had the biggest impact.
Lead researcher Professor David Levy, from Georgetown University Medical Centre in Washington said: "It's a spectacular finding that by implementing these simple tobacco control policies governments can save so many lives."