17.0 Introduction

As well as causing illness and premature death, smoking has financial costs. For example, smokers’ health care costs are increased and their productivity is decreased, so labour costs are increased. However, tobacco produces financial benefits for those involved in its production and sale, and for government, through tobacco tax revenue. This chapter quantifies the impact of tobacco use on the economy and summarises information about the economic efficiency (or value for money) of the many effective tobacco control interventions available.

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