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  • 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

  • March 8, 2017

    UIC Selected As Core Partner of Bloomberg’s $360 Million Global Anti-Tobacco Initiative

    A group of global tax policy experts led by Dr. Frank J. Chaloupka, director of the Health Policy Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s (UIC) Institute for Health Research and Policy, joins six other global health organizations as a core member of the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use. Chaloupka’s team will build the capacity of local think tanks to provide evidence-based policy support for effective tobacco tax policies in the highest tobacco-using low- and middle-income countries around the world. Dr. Chaloupka welcomes this new opportunity to partner with the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use. “We are honored to join the other core partners,” he said, “and we look forward to working together to help priority countries increase their commitment to the most effective tobacco control policy there is—tobacco taxation.” The Bloomberg … Read more »

  • February 27, 2017

    Tobacco Control: Saving Lives and Driving Development

    Tobacco use poses an unparalleled health and economic burden worldwide. A new study found that the diseases caused by smoking account for US$ 422 billion in health care expenditures annually, representing almost 6% of global spending on health. Smoking causes close to 6 million deaths per year – more than the deaths from HIV/AIDs, TB, and Malaria combined. And the total economic cost of smoking after including productivity losses from death and disability amounts to more than US$ 1.4 trillion per year – equivalent in magnitude to 1.8% of the world’s annual GDP. Globally, the public health and economic burden of tobacco is increasingly carried by low- and middle- income countries rather than high-income ones. Within low- and middle-income countries, the burden falls hardest onto the poor and vulnerable populations who can least afford the care. While tobacco use has been … Read more »