Every year, tobacco kills more than six million people. It remains the largest preventable cause of death on the planet. It is an epidemic wholly driven by an industry with deeper pockets than the majority of the countries in which it operates. Big Tobacco’s primary business strategy is resulting in the exportation of the epidemic from the highest-income to the lowestincome countries, where 80 percent of smokers already live. Big Tobacco’s future also hinges on its ability to interfere in and circumvent public health laws. If the world’s deadliest industry is allowed to operate with impunity, it will mean a loss of millions more lives and will seriously impede global efforts to rein in corporate abuse by other industries.
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