Recent research by sociologists and social scientists on the relationship between cigarette taxes and infant mortality, especially among blacks, suggests that rising taxes and consequently rising cigarette prices could discourage many from smoking. It benefits not only individuals but also their babies. The results of the study, conducted from 1999 to 2010 with funding from the National Institutes of Health, were officially published in the Children’s Magazine on Tuesday last week.
Women’s smoking during pregnancy causes many problems in infants, including premature birth or sudden infant death syndrome. According to the National Institutes of Health, 11% of pregnant women in the United States also smoke during pregnancy.
When smoking becomes more expensive, fewer children die.
The results of this study show that out of an average of 4 million births per year, 750 babies were saved from death just by a $ 1 increase in the price of cigarettes. New research also shows the impact of this study on reducing smoking in the United States. Researchers have studied many factors, including the impact of family upbringing on smoking, but still believe that raising taxes and increasing the price of cigarettes has a significant effect on smoking cessation.
Dr. Stephen Patrick of Vanderbilt University has done some useful research on the new government tax code for cigarettes after about 11 years, as well as the amount of smoking during this period. During this period, cigarette taxes have risen from 84 cents to $ 2.37 cents. According to research by Dr. Patrick, the average infant mortality rate, which used to be 7 per 1,000 live births, has dropped to six today. Among blacks, who had a record 14 deaths per 1,000 people, that number has dropped to 11.
Researchers say this is the first way to conduct extensive research on the impact of rising drug prices on addiction rates.
Also, one of the future strategies of the research team in this project, together with the government, is to study the impact of increasing the tobacco tax on not using it, because certainly with the increase in the price of tobacco, cigarettes and other addictive substances, many families are able to buy this. Material will be less.