Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

Tobacco control economics

Tobacco control and employment in agriculture and manufacturing sector


There are many families engaged in tobacco leaf production, and tobacco manufacturers have historically been large employers in the economy. However, as the manufacturers are adopting state-of-the-art technology, the demand for labour in manufacturing has been diminishing. Farmers, on the other hand, face more challenges due to increasing costs of production and declining global prices for tobacco. Indeed, as there are new countries entering into the global supply market, and as yields have improved with new production techniques, global prices for tobacco leaves have been decreasing, encouraging countries to support farmers in diversifying or looking for alternative crops.