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Worldwide impacts
Tobacco and poverty

Tobacco consumption has fallen considerably in developed nations over the past twenty years. Smoking in developed nations now accounts for 29% of world tobacco consumption compared to 34% in 1998.

It's a very different situation in the developing world where tobacco consumption increased from 66% to 71% over the past twenty years.


The Governments of poorer countries are heavily dependent on the income tobacco production generates for their struggling economies.

Cigarette advertising is not banned in these countries and offers a desirable western lifestyle through smoking. There is little regulation in place to raise awareness of the dangers of smoking, or to restrict the sale and consumption of tobacco products, even to children.


The production of tobacco contributes to sustained poverty in many countries. The tobacco companies pay very low prices to local farmers for their crops yet charge inflated prices for raw materials such as seed and pesticides.

The 'Framework Convention on Tobacco Control' came into effect in 2005. It is the first ever global health treaty and allows countries to enact comprehensive tobacco control legislation and take on the tobacco industry.

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