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01 June 2009

Tobacco's battle for Africa

With its growth slowing in developed countries, the tobacco industry is increasingly pinning its hopes on Africa – but at what cost to public health?

With the increase in cigarette smoking slowing in developed countries, the tobacco industry is increasingly pinning its growth strategy on the developing world, including Africa.

Biggest growth in Africa
"African countries are experiencing the highest increase in the rate of tobacco use amongst developing countries… In the African region tobacco consumption is increasing by 4.3 percent per year," said Cassandra Welch of the American Cancer Society, who also attended the summit.

 

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