New Delhi: With each smoker’s death, the world’s biggest tobacco companies make a profit of USD 9,730, a report has claimed.
As per the report, the industry is profiting heavily from vulnerable populations of countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
Detailing the scale of the tobacco epidemic across the globe, the Tobacco Atlas report by the American Cancer Society (ACS) and US-based non-profit Vital Strategies shows where progress has been made in tobacco control.
It also describes the latest products and tactics being deployed by the tobacco industry to grow its profits and delay or derail tobacco control efforts.
In 2016 alone, tobacco use caused over 7.1 million deaths worldwide. Most of these deaths were attributable to cigarette smoking, while 884,000 were related to secondhand smoke.
The increase in tobacco-related disease and death has been outpaced by the increase in industry profits.
The combined profits of the world’s biggest tobacco companies exceeded USD 62.27…