Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Tobacco Control Boosts Economies

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Tobacco Control Boosts Economies

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Tobacco control policies are not harmful to the economy and have untapped potential for protecting and promoting growth and development, according to a report jointly released last month by the National Cancer Institute of the United States of America and WHO.

The report entitled The economics of tobacco and tobacco control was compiled in collaboration with hundreds of scientists across the world.

Since the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control came into force in 2005, many countries have taken tobacco control measures and there is now a vast body of evidence, increasingly from low- and middle-income countries, on the economic effects of these measures.

Drawing on this evidence, the report found that key tobacco control measures, including tobacco tax increases, indoor smoking bans, tobacco advertising bans, health warnings and media campaigns are cost effective and present win-win policy options for governments because they achieve both strong health and strong economic gains.

For example, indoor smoking bans do not have negative economic consequences for restaurants and bars and, in some cases, may give business a boost. Other economic benefits of smoke-free policies for businesses include increased worker productivity, health-care savings and reduced insurance costs. …

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