A report in The Hindu today says that Stanford modellers have concluded that, “Combining strong tobacco control policies with drug interventions that provided access to aspirin and medication to control blood pressure and cholesterol could prevent a third of all predicted deaths from heart attack and stroke between 2013 and 2022.” It notes — as only academics could — that, “effective implementation … remains a major challenge in India”. Implemented or not, don’t expect to see a 300% rise in cigarette taxes proposed in an election year.
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