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Tobacco use is the leading underlying cause of preventable death, and is estimated to kill more than five million people each year across the globe. If current trends persist, tobacco will kill more than eight million people worldwide each year by 2030, with 80% of these premature deaths taking place in the developing world. As tobacco use in the developed world remains stable or rises, low- and middle-income countries will continue to bear an increasing share of tobacco-related mortality, and are in dire need of taking appropriate policy measures to influence smoking behavior and reduce tobacco consumption.

In 1991 the World Bank adopted a policy not to lend, invest in, or guarantee investments or loans for tobacco production, processing, or marketing. The Bank’s activities in the health sector discourage the use of tobacco products. For more, see World Bank and Tobacco Control: The Facts.


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Last updated: 2012-05-31

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