A Counterintuitive Comment

The most strategic policies to reduce adolescent smoking and secondhand smoke exposure in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs) may not be those targeting adolescents.
In fact, “raising tobacco taxes can lead to rapid decreases in tobacco consumption, has a greater impact on younger than older smokers, is achievable in LMICs, and leads to increased government revenue for other tobacco control policies,” according to an Australian team from the Menzies School of Health Research, commenting on a new study from Bo Xi and colleagues that describes tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure in young adolescents in 68 LMICs.
Adolescents will also benefit from LMICs banning tobacco advertising and promotion, the commenters add, and introducing regulations to protect non-smokers from secondhand smoke.
The Lancet Global Health

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