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  • Posted: 11/07/2012

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Georgetown-led study finds strong tobacco control policies in Brazil credited for more than 400,000 lives saved

High cigarette prices, smoke-free air laws, marketing restrictions and other measures, all part of Brazil’s strong tobacco control policies, are credited for a 50 percent reduction in smoking prevalence between 1989 and 2010. The reduction contributed to an estimated 420,000 lives saved during that time period. Those are the findings of a new study published today in PLOS Medicine by a team of researchers from Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Brazilian National Cancer Institute.

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