Tobacco control benefits poor people, says WHO

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 11 January 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j178
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

Tobacco control benefits economies as well as public health, a major report from the World Health Organization has found.1

The report, published in conjunction with the National Cancer Institute of the United States, found that tobacco use costs the global economy $1 trillion (€0.94trn; £0.82trn) a year in terms of healthcare expenditure and lost productivity from ill health.

The world currently has 1.1 billion smokers aged 15 or over, around 80% of whom live in low or middle income countries. Smoking rates have fallen in most regions of the world over the past 15 years, and smoking rates among adults in Europe have fallen from 59.2% in 2000 to 47.2% in 2015. …

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