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The social costs of smoking in Australia Volume 15 Issue 5-6

David Collins, Helen Lapsley

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin 15(6) 92 - 94 Published: 2004

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David Collins

Helen Lapsley


The implementation of effective policies that reduce the
prevalence of smoking has substantial economic benefit
for Australia. This article describes how methods for
estimating the social costs of smoking were developed and
how these methods have been applied to the Australian
population and to measure the effect of interventions to
reduce smoking prevalence in some states.