Governments impose taxes on cigarettes in part as a public health measure, to encourage people to stop smoking. But a new study suggests the high cost may also lead to lower infant mortality.
Higher cigarette taxes are already associated with lower rates of smoking during pregnancy, and fewer health problems for newborns, such as low birth weight, prematurity and birth defects. This study, published in the journal Pediatrics, is the first to evaluate the impact of those taxes on infant mortality rates in the US.
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