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World No Tobacco Day 2017: Tobacco – a threat to development

Economic and Health Policy Research, American Cancer Society

On this year’s World No Tobacco Day, the World Health Organization highlights that tobacco control policies are stimuli for economic growth and development, and calls on countries to prioritize and accelerate tobacco control in their efforts to reach their development goals. The following four texts, prepared for the World No Tobacco Day by the American Cancer Society’s Economic and Health Policy Research (EHPR) Program, summarize the latest research on economic costs of tobacco smoking, discuss tobacco farming as a world development issue, and examine the complexities of the relationship between tobacco and poverty.


Economic costs of tobacco smoking


Tobacco Farming: Need for a shift towards alternative crops


Tobacco Use: A Lost Opportunity


The Health Cost of Tobacco Use in Uganda

ACS Staff

Economic and Health Policy Research, American Cancer Society

The Economic and Health Policy Research program seeks to address cancer worldwide by conducting research on the economic and policy aspects of risk factors to cancer, including in the areas of tobacco, nutrition, physical activity and harmful alcohol use. We also examine issues around the economics of health equity, including access to care.

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