"The World Bank comprehensively dismisses the arguments of
the tobacco industry that tobacco control measures impair freedom of
- The Financial Times, May 18, 1999
Smoking already kills 1 in 10 adults worldwide. Until recently, the
epidemic and chronic disease caused by smoking mainly affected rich
nations but it is now rapidly shifting to the developing world. Few
people will dispute that smoking is damaging health on a global scale.
However, many governments have taken little economic action to control
smoking (higher taxes, comprehensive bans on advertising, or
restrictions on smoking in public places) due to concerns that
interventions would have harmful economic consequences.
Curbing the Epidemic addresses important economic and social
issues that confront policymakers when dealing with tobacco control
policies and their impact on economies. The economic aspects of tobacco
control are critical since the production and consumption of tobacco
have a strong impact on the social and economic resources of both
developed and developing countries. The report:
- Assesses the expected consequences of tobacco control for
- Assesses the consequences for economies and individuals
- Demonstrates that the economic fears that have deterred
policymakers from taking action are largely unfounded.
It is believed with current smoking patterns, about 500 million
people alive today will eventually be killed by tobacco use. By 2030,
the report states that tobacco is expected to be the single biggest
cause of death worldwide, accounting for about 10 million deaths per
In light of the rising death toll from tobacco use, this report is
also very timely. It draws on many productive collaborations that have
arisen among governments, NGOs, and agencies within the United Nations
system (UNICEF, the Food and Agricultural Organization and the
International Monetary Fund).
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