Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

Tobacco control: saving lives and driving development

WHO/Y. Shimizu

Geneva , 28 February 2017 - Tobacco use poses an unparalleled health and economic burden worldwide. But a new study by the US National Cancer Institute and WHO, titled The Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Control, shows highly cost-effective measures exist to control the health and economic impacts of tobacco that pose no harm to economies and, in turn, save lives and generate financial gains for communities and governments.

Tobacco control economics

WHO

Tobacco use is one of the leading preventable causes of death, killing more than 7 million people every year. More than its enormous toll of disease, suffering, and death, tobacco use also burdens the global economy with an estimated US$ 1.4 trillion in healthcare costs and lost productivity each year.

Taxation

Increasing the price of tobacco through higher taxes is the single most effective way to encourage tobacco users to quit and prevent children from starting to smoke.

Innovative financing for health

Health is underfunded in low- and middle-income countries and income from tobacco taxes can help bridge the gap.

Other economic issues in tobacco control

A total ban on tobacco marketing can substantially reduce tobacco consumption and, consequently, tobacco-related deaths and diseases.