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Shaping Policies | Improving Health
November 1, 2012 New research released in the November 2012 supplement to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) illustrates that the price of tobacco is the largest contributing factor to reducing smoking prevalence in Minnesota. Additional price increases and sustaining a strong system of other tobacco programs and policies could bring the smoking prevalence rate below 10 percent and save more than 55,000 lives in the next 30 years. This research, the Minnesota SimSmoke model, was conducted by Dr. Raymond Boyle of ClearWay MinnesotaSM and Dr. David Levy of Georgetown University. The simulation model considered data on current, new and former smokers from 1993 to 2011 to determine the effectiveness of individual tobacco policies and programs on smoking rates in the state. The SimSmoke model then projected the life-saving potential of these programs in the future.
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