Why tobacco control doesn’t hurt farmers: Decoupling domestic cigarette consumption from leaf production, A Tobacconomics Policy Brief
Publication Source


Policy brief
The Americas
Economy status
Upper-middle-income economies

The supply and demand of tobacco products are linked at the global level. Domestic tobacco control polices therefore, have no impact on domestic leaf production. Although the tobacco industry consistently argues that tobacco control policies to reduce tobacco use will create a “livelihood crisis” among tobacco farmers by reducing demand for tobacco leaf and driving down tobacco leaf prices, the evidence summarized in this policy brief shows that this argument is false.