Why Bans Are Not Best In India - An LMIC Panel Discussion

The burden of tobacco-related death and disease is rising disproportionately among lower-income populations. In 2016, over 75% of NCD deaths occurred in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), and many of those deaths were due to tobacco-related illnesses. Sadly, because of pressure from the World Health Organization (WHO) and privately-funded non-governmental organizations, many of these countries have decided not to regulate safer nicotine products but instead to outright ban them while leaving cigarettes on the shelves. That is the case in India, where last year the government passed some of the world's most restrictive policies, even though they are home to 12% of the world's smoking population.

Published: 2020 By: Dom Garrett (USA) , VIDA.NEWS
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