The Tobacco Atlas

We stand at a crossroads of the tobacco epidemic, with the future in our hands.

We can choose to stand aside and take weak and ineffective measures, or instead to implement robust and enduring measures to protect the health and wealth of nations.


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World No Tobacco Day

Tobacco – a threat to development.

Economic Costs of Tobacco Smoking

Smoking-related illness and death create economic costs equal to 1.8% of the world’s entire GDP. More on this topic

Farming: Need for a Shift Towards Alternative Crops

Tobacco farming in lower-income countries: an unprofitable, labor-intensive trap— but there are solutions. More on this topic

Tobacco Use: A Lost Opportunity

In Bangladesh, spending on tobacco instead of food means 350 kids per day die of hunger. More on this topic


Tobacco companies view vulnerable populations as market opportunities, not as human beings.

Cigarette Use Globally

The Chinese market now consumes more cigarettes than all other low- and middle-income countries combined. More on this topic

Water Pipes

Water pipe use is also on the rise among adolescents and young adults on college campuses and beyond, even among people who explicitly refuse to smoke cigarettes. More on this topic

Nicotine Delivery Systems

Colorful product packaging makes e-liquid bottles attractive to toddlers and children, who are at a considerable risk for e-liquid poisoning. More on this topic


The tobacco industry profits on the harm caused to their customers.


Tobacco companies spend more than $900,000 an hour in the USA alone to market their products. More on this topic

Growing Tobacco

The populations in many of the top tobacco-growing nations suffer from undernourishment. More on this topic

Tobacco Companies

The 2013 profits of the top six tobacco companies are equivalent to the combined profits of The Coca-Cola Company, Walt Disney, General Mills, FedEx, AT&T, Google, McDonald’s and Starbucks in the same year. More on this topic


Through effective policies, government and citizens can engender global health success.

Marketing Bans

In 41 countries studied, smoking prevalence was reduced 5% within 3 years in countries with a ban on direct and indirect marketing. More on this topic

Warnings & Packaging

Currently, graphic warnings have been adopted by about one third of countries, with several being in their 3rd round of such warnings, so that smokers do not become desensitized to familiar messages. More on this topic

Legal Challenges & Litigation

Litigation against the tobacco industry has been sponsored by individuals or groups of individuals, public health advocates, organizations or governments to recoup the economic harm from tobacco products. More on this topic