The bulk of the world’s tobacco is produced in low- and middle-income countries. In order to dissuade these countries from implementing policies aimed at curbing tobacco consumption (such as increased taxes, health warnings, advertising bans, and smoke-free environments), the tobacco industry claims that tobacco farmers will be negatively affected and that no viable, sustainable alternatives exist. This book, based on original research from three continents, exposes the myths behind these claims.
Wardie Leppan is a senior program specialist for the Non-Communicable Disease Prevention program of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). He has been actively supporting research in the field of tobacco control at IDRC since 1998.
Natacha Lecours is a program management officer for the Non-Communicable Disease Prevention program of IDRC. She has studied and worked with farming communities facing environmental health issues across South America, Africa and Asia.
Daniel Buckles is an independent consultant and adjunct research professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He has published various books on the social and economic dimensions of agriculture.
Policy Brief: Addressing conflicts between public health and tobacco production