How Cigarette Companies Use Free Trade Deals To Sell To Women And Kids

Author: Tim Fernholz, Quartz, Published on: 9 September 2013

[G]lobal tobacco companies have increasingly turned to developing markets to expand their business...Tobacco companies...want to make sure they can protect and expand their businesses in those markets, especially among women...Public health and development organizations decry the expansion of smoking in these countries, fearful not just about the death rate—the World Health Organization estimates that one billion people will die from smoking this century—but also the secondary costs. Those include money spent by the malnourished and poor on cigarettes rather than staples, agricultural labor diverted to inefficient tobacco farming rather than food..., and the costs of health care for the myriad ailments associated with cigarette smoking and second-hand smoke. [refers to Phillip Morris International]

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