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  • In addition to the high public health costs of treating tobacco-related diseases, tobacco users are also less productive due to increased sickness and those who die prematurely deprive their families of much-needed income and cause emotional bereavement
  • Tobacco use and poverty are inextricably linked. Studies have shown that in the poorest households in some low- and middle-income countries, more than 10% of total household expenditure is on tobacco. This means that these families have less money to spend on such basic items as food, education and health care