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Evidence-based Public HealthEffectiveness and efficiency$
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Amanda Killoran and Mike P. Kelly

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199563623

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563623.001.0001

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Fiscal policy and health related behaviours

Fiscal policy and health related behaviours

(p.313) Chapter 20 Fiscal policy and health related behaviours
Evidence-based Public Health

Anne Ludbrook

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses the evidence concerning the impact that fiscal policy has on health behaviour and the relative effectiveness of fiscal policy and other interventions. The evidence will be set out first for the case of tobacco control and will consider results from the literature and the application of fiscal policy in the UK. This will address questions relating to the impact of fiscal policy on overall smoking prevalence and on socio-economic inequalities in smoking prevalence. This example will then be compared with the situation relating to alcohol and other health behaviours. Before turning to the evidence, the following sections consider the theoretical basis for fiscal interventions and how evidence of the effectiveness and efficiency of such interventions is generated.

Keywords:   fiscal policy, health behaviour, health policy, public health, tobacco control

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