World Heart Federation Warns That Burden Of Tobacco Epidemic Continues To Worsen Societies And Economies – 6 M People Will Die And $500 Billion Lost

June 2, 2009

G-20 leaders pledged to provide the International Monetary Fund with $500 billion to help struggling economies, sparking global controversy. Yet startling research shows that the combined costs of tobacco-related death and related productivity losses, healthcare expenditures, employee absenteeism, and widespread environmental harm are responsible for draining the same amount – $500 billion – from the global economy each year and it receives much less attention than it deserves.
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