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$170 billion

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

Nearly 80%

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

5.8 trillion

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

Research funding provided by

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

$156 billion

in lost productivity from tobacco use annually between 2009-2012

Recent updates

  • June 6, 2016

    Higher Cigarette Prices Work Better Than We Thought

    Today we published two studies through the National Bureau of Economic Research that shed new light on how cigarette prices impact consumer demand for cigarettes. Both show that smokers not only respond to price changes, but do so even more than we thought. We took a close look at some of the factors that … Read more »

  • 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 »