Beyond Markets

The Economic Impact of Tobacco in Africa

Published onWed, 11 Jul 2012

Economists say the banning and regulation of smoking in South Africa could cost the economy an estimated $3 billion and the loss of thousands of jobs. But 350 organisations from over 100 countries say that if left unchecked, tobacco use will kill 8 million people a year by 2030, 70% of them in developing countries.

Joining ABN's Hannah Viviers in studio to discuss the issue is Leon Louw, Executive Director of the Free Market Foundation, and in Lagos, Rachel Kitonyo from the Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control.

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