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$156 billion

in lost productivity from tobacco use annually between 2009-2012

$170 billion

of annual healthcare spending in the U.S. can be attributed to cigarette smoking

5.8 trillion

cigarettes were sold to more than 1 billion smokers worldwide in the last ten years

Nearly 80%

of the world’s smokers live in low- and middle-income countries

Research funding provided by

  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Legacy
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Recent updates

  • May 2, 2016

    Tax System Reform Needed in Bangladesh as Tobacco Products Become More Affordable

    Bangladesh study shows tobacco products are becoming more affordable and there is need for tobacco tax system reform as tobacco users may switch between tobacco products rather than quit. (Monday, 2 May 2016, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada). A report released today entitled “The trend in affordability of tobacco products in Bangladesh 2009-2015: … Read more »

  • March 28, 2016

    Register Now! Forum on Emerging Science in Tobacco Control

    We are excited to announce that the Emerging Science in State and Community Tobacco Control Policy and Practice forum will be held on May 4, 2016, in Washington, D.C. This forum, hosted by RTI International and the State and Community Tobacco Control (SCTC) research initiative, aims to stimulate dialogue among policymakers, researchers, and practitioners about … Read more »