The economics of tobacco use & tobacco control in the developing world

Key findings, arguments and recommendations: (1) Most countries would see net economic gains from a reduction in tobacco demand; (2) Although some in-country groups may see economic losses from a reduction in tobacco demand, countries could assist such groups
Key facts and stats: (1) Higher tobacco taxes is the most effective tobacco control measure; (2) Tobacco taxation can be a pro-poor approach to health and poverty-reduction goals; (3) Healthcare costs and lost income from illness or premature death are often listed as the most significant concerns of the poor – tobacco use directly contributes to these concerns
Notes:
Main focus: Economic costs
Other topics addressed: farming; taxation; foreign exchange; smuggling;
Source: World Bank
Year: 2003

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