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Quiz: How much do you know about tobacco's impact on development?

Take the quiz to check the answers.

1 What is the estimated global economic impact of the tobacco industry and its products in terms of healthcare costs and lost productivity?

The tobacco industry and the deadly impact of its products cost the world’s economies more than US$ 1 trillion annually in healthcare expenditures and lost productivity, according to findings published in The economics of tobacco and tobacco control.

2 What is the latest estimate of people who die from tobacco-related illnesses every year?

Tobacco kills more than 7 million people each year. More than 6 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while around 890 000 are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.

3 What percentage of household budgets in low-income settings is spent on tobacco products?

10% of household budgets in low-income settings is spent on tobacco products, meaning less money for healthcare, food and education.

4 Does the tobacco industry and use impact the environment?

Tobacco production pollutes the soil and generates thousands of tonnes of poisonous emissions, while cigarette butts make up 30%-40% of waste collected in coastal and urban cleanups.

5 What proportion of women work on tobacco farms in tobacco growing countries compared to men?

60%-70% of tobacco field workers are women, putting them in close contact with dangerous chemicals used for tobacco growing.

6 What proportion of children from tobacco growing families miss school due to working in tobacco fields?

10%-14% of children from tobacco growing families miss school because of working in tobacco fields, missing out on education as a result.

7 Is tobacco control a target of the globally agreed 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda?

National implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control is target 3.a of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

8 Can tobacco taxation both protect health and generate revenues for national health and development projects?

Tobacco taxes make products more expensive and reduce use, and can also raise funds for health and other development services.