De rekening van rokenPolder, J. J., van Gils, P. F., Kok, L., Talhout, R. & Feenstra, T. L. 8-Feb-2017 In : Nederlands tijdschrift voor geneeskunde. 161, 7 p., D833
Research output: Scientific - peer-review › Article
- Two recent societal cost-benefit analyses have documented the costs of smoking and the cost-effectiveness of preventing smoking.- Smoking costs the Netherlands society EUR 33 billion per year.- The majority of this is the monetary value of health loss; these are "soft" euros that cannot be re-spent.- There is not a great deal of difference between costs and benefits when expressed in "hard" euros, which means that there is no clear business case for anti-smoking policy.- The greatest benefit of discouraging smoking is improved health for the individual and increased productivity for the business sector; however, the benefits cannot be easily realised, because even in the most favourable scenario the number of smokers will decrease slowly.- Excise duties seem to offer the most promising avenue for combating smoking. The benefits of anti-smoking policy, therefore, consist mainly of tax revenues for the government.- Stringent policy is required to transform tax revenues into health gains.
|Translated title of the contribution||Costs and benefits of smoking|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Nederlands tijdschrift voor geneeskunde|
|State||Published - 8-Feb-2017|
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