Tobacco increases the poverty of individuals and families

Key findings, arguments and recommendations: (1) Tobacco use can worsen poverty, either by diverting household spending to purchasing tobacco or the costs of illness and premature death; (2) the majority of people working in the tobacco sector earn little.
Key facts and stats: In most countries, including both HICs and LMICs, the majority of tobacco users are poor and also bear the greatest economic and health burdens of tobacco use
Main focus: Poverty
Other topics addressed: Household spending; farming
Source: WHO
Year: 2004

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