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Estimated Years of Life Gained from Sin Taxes over 50 Years

Estimated Years of Life Gained from Sin Taxes over 50 Years

Researchers at CDDEP, working with the Task Force on Fiscal Policy for Health co- chaired by Michael Bloomberg and Larry Summers, estimated the number of deaths averted and years of life gained from a tax increase on tobacco, alcohol, and sugar sweetened beverages.

Globally, a 20 percent retail price increase from the taxes would produce a gain of 212.0, 238.9, and 23.6 million life years over a 50-year span if levied on tobacco, alcoholic beverages, and SSBs, respectively.

The report and supporting materials are available online here.