ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Tobacco vs Development

Private Spending on Tobacco in Gadchiroli District

Globally, tobacco consumption is one of the most important preventable causes of mortality. While tobacco's ill effects on health are well studied, private expenditure on tobacco remains hidden and neglected. This study shows that personal as well as government efforts towards development have been more than neutralised by the free reign of tobacco in Gadchiroli district, Maharashtra. Since the expenditure on tobacco is likely to result in worsening of poverty in addition to adverse health consequences, the government should strongly consider stricter implementation of the tobacco control policy as an important strategy.

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