The economics of tobacco use & tobacco control

Key findings, arguments and recommendations: (1) Globally, the health and economic burden of tobacco use is enormous and increasingly brone by LMICs; (2) Effective policies and programs to reduce this burden do exist (as reflected in the FCTC) but are underutilized; (3) Tobacco control does not harm economies; (4) Tobacco control decreases the disproportion burden of tobacco use on the poor
Key facts and stats: (1) Tobacco use yields the fourth-highest burden of premature morbidity and mortality worldwide (after childhood underweight, unsafe sex, and high blood pressure); (2) The economic costs of tobacco use in LMICs are likely to increase substantially in coming years due to a combination of tobacco use trends and improvements in health care systems and access to health care; (3) Tobacco use hinders development because of the direct costs related to health care and the indirect costs of lost productivity and premature death; (4) Roughly one-quarter of adult smokers globally live in poverty in LMICs – totallying 226 million people
Notes: The most relevant chapters are 3 (the economic costs of tobacco use, with a focus on LMICs) and 16 (the impact of tobacco use and tobacco control measures on poverty and development)
Main focus: Economic costs
Other topics addressed: Poverty; development
Source: NCI & WHO
Year: 2017

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