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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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