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To­bacco use costs national economies enor­mously through in­creased health­care costs and de­creased pro­duc­tiv­ity.

It wors­ens health in­equal­i­ties and ex­ac­er­bates poverty, as the poor­est peo­ple spend less on es­sen­tials such as food, education and health­care.

“The to­bacco in­dus­try pro­duces and mar­kets prod­ucts that kill mil­lions of peo­ple pre­ma­turely, rob house­holds of fi­nances that could have been used for food and education, and im­pose im­mense health­care costs on fam­i­lies, com­mu­ni­ties and coun­tries” Dr Oleg Ch­est­nov,WHO’s as­sis­tant gen­eral for non com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases (NCDs) and men­tal health.

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