In the North, smoking is on the decline. Smoking-caused disease kills around 2 million people a year in the North, and most people in industrialised countries now recognise that smoking can kill them.
Faced with declining markets in the North, the tobacco industry is moving South, where smoking is on the increase. And in the South the issue is complex – tobacco can involve exports, repayment of foreign debt, jobs, land, trees and soil fertility.
Anti-tobacco campaigners argue that profitable alternatives to tobacco exist but have received little attention. This report looks at the social and environmental risks.