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How Effective Are Tobacco Policies in Improving Public Health?

Smoking bans and cigarette taxes – they’re part of many policies aimed not only at curbing smoking but also reducing associated health conditions like heart attacks and strokes. But are they working? A recent report examines the impact of two tobacco policies aimed at reducing hospitalizations. We talk with the co-author of that report, Vivian […]

No Smoking Sign - Filtered - MHagertySmoking bans and cigarette taxes – they're part of many policies aimed not only at curbing smoking but also reducing associated health conditions like heart attacks and strokes. But are they working?

A recent report examines the impact of two tobacco policies aimed at reducing hospitalizations.

We talk with the co-author of that report, Vivian Ho, chair in health economics at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the institute's Center for Health and Biosciences.

(Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media)

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Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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