Controlling the use of Tobacco for Sustainable Development: A Focus on India and South Africa

Key findings, arguments and recommendations: The tobacco epidemic negatively affects sustainable development by hindering progress on a variety of the SDGs ( this paper highlights 1, 2, 3, 5, 8), particularly in LMICs
Key facts and stats: (1) 99,000 youth start smoking each year and the majority of this group is made up of children under age 10 in LMICs; (2) Tobacco use is one of the leading preventable health threats globally; (3) Tobacco is one of the leading causes of premature preventable deaths; (4) The burden of disease associated with tobacco use strains both government budgets, for health and development, as well as household budgets
Notes: This paper provides a fairly basic overview of the issues
Main focus: Sustainable development
Other topics addressed: SDGs; MPOWER policies; poverty; health consequences; NCDs
Source: Article in Indian Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Year: 2016

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