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The Tobacco Atlas

We stand at a crossroads of the tobacco epidemic, with the future in our hands.

We can choose to stand aside and take weak and ineffective measures, or instead to implement robust and enduring measures to protect the health and wealth of nations.

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

The authors of The Tobacco Atlas, Fifth Edition, would like to extend thanks and acknowledgement to the contributions of a wide arrange of people who made the Atlas possible. Four individuals…

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Harm

Tobacco damages not only the whole person, but also the entire planet.

Health Consequences

Children born to women who smoke during pregnancy are at higher risk of congenital disorders, cancer, respiratory disease, and sudden death. More on this topic

Smoking's Death Toll

Tobacco-related deaths will number around 1 billion in the 21st century if current smoking patterns continue. More on this topic

Environmental Harm

The harmful impact of the tobacco industry on deforestation, climate change, litter, and forest fires is enormous and growing. More on this topic

Market

Tobacco companies view vulnerable populations as market opportunities, not as human beings.

Cigarette Use Globally

The Chinese market now consumes more cigarettes than all other low- and middle-income countries combined. More on this topic

Water Pipes

Water pipe use is also on the rise among adolescents and young adults on college campuses and beyond, even among people who explicitly refuse to smoke cigarettes. More on this topic

Nicotine Delivery Systems

Colorful product packaging makes e-liquid bottles attractive to toddlers and children, who are at a considerable risk for e-liquid poisoning. More on this topic

Industry

The tobacco industry profits on the harm caused to their customers.

Marketing

Tobacco companies spend more than $900,000 an hour in the USA alone to market their products. More on this topic

Growing Tobacco

The populations in many of the top tobacco-growing nations suffer from undernourishment. More on this topic

Tobacco Companies

The 2013 profits of the top six tobacco companies are equivalent to the combined profits of The Coca-Cola Company, Walt Disney, General Mills, FedEx, AT&T, Google, McDonald’s and Starbucks in the same year. More on this topic

Solutions

Through effective policies, government and citizens can engender global health success.

Marketing Bans

In 41 countries studied, smoking prevalence was reduced 5% within 3 years in countries with a ban on direct and indirect marketing. More on this topic

Warnings & Packaging

Currently, graphic warnings have been adopted by about one third of countries, with several being in their 3rd round of such warnings, so that smokers do not become desensitized to familiar messages. More on this topic

Legal Challenges & Litigation

Litigation against the tobacco industry has been sponsored by individuals or groups of individuals, public health advocates, organizations or governments to recoup the economic harm from tobacco products. More on this topic

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