Why Tobacco Control Doesn’t Hurt Farmers: Decoupling Domestic Cigarette Consumption from Leaf Production

This policy brief discusses the impact that tobacco control policies have on domestic tobacco farmers. It focuses on the decoupling of domestic cigarette consumption from domestic tobacco leaf production, particularly in low- and middle-income countries which constitute 90 percent of the global supply. It recommends governments continue to implement stronger tobacco control measures, with confidence that they will not harm farmers. A corresponding white paper is found here provides a more in-depth explanation of the research and methodologies used to create this brief.

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September 2019

Authors:
  • Maryam Mirza, German Rodriguez-Iglesias, and Evan Blecher