Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

International meeting on economic, social and health issues in tobacco control

The international meeting on economic, social and health issues in tobacco control, organized by WHO and hosted by the WHO Center for Health and Development (WHO Kobe Centre), was held in Kobe, Japan, on 3 and 4 December 2001. This meeting aimed to:

  • Explore the employment implications of tobacco control in the agriculture sector, with specific emphasis given to alternative livelihoods for tobacco farmers and workers in the bidi industry in India, including a review of alternative crop opportunities and infrastructure necessary to move to alternative crops or alternative economic livelihoods;
  • Explore the employment implications of tobacco control in the manufacturing sector, including a review of the size and significance of the tobacco industrial sector in the overall economy and the likely net impact on employment if demand for tobacco products were to fall;
  • Examine issues related to illegal trade in tobacco products and its indirect effect on human health;
  • Explore guidelines for privatization and the economic and health impacts of privatization of tobacco companies;
  • Update the research agenda developed by Research for International Tobacco Control (RITC) and the World Health Organization in July 1999.
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