De rekening van roken

Polder, 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

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- 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 contributionCosts and benefits of smoking
Original languageDutch
Article numberD833
Number of pages7
JournalNederlands tijdschrift voor geneeskunde
StatePublished - 8-Feb-2017


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