Journal article

Restricting tobacco sales to only pharmacies combined with cessation advice: a modelling study of the future smoking prevalence, health and cost impacts

Frederieke S Petrovic-van der Deen, Tony Blakely, Giorgi Kvizhinadze, Christine L Cleghorn, Linda J Cobiac, Nick Wilson



OBJECTIVE: Restricting tobacco sales to pharmacies only, including the provision of cessation advice, has been suggested as a potential measure to hasten progress towards the tobacco endgame. We aimed to quantify the impacts of this hypothetical intervention package on future smoking prevalence, population health and health system costs for a country with an endgame goal: New Zealand (NZ). METHODS: We used two peer-reviewed simulation models: 1) a dynamic population forecasting model for smoking prevalence and 2) a closed cohort multi-state life-table model for future health gains and costs by sex, age and ethnicity. Greater costs due to increased travel distances to purchase tobacco were tr..

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Awarded by Health Research Council of New Zealand

Funding Acknowledgements

FSP-vdD was supported by a University of Otago Doctoral Postgraduate Publishing Bursary. CLC, GK, LJC, TB and NW were supported by the BODE3 Programme, which is studying the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of various health sector interventions and receives funding support from the Health Research Council of New Zealand (Grant numbers 10/248 and 16/443).