Tobacco and Poverty – Observations from India and Bangladesh

Key findings, arguments and recommendations: Investment in industries outside of tobacco could support economic development. Investing in the tobacco industry instead supports a cycle of poverty.
Key facts and stats: The net returns from growing tobacco are smaller than for many other crops. Growing tobacco is also highly labour intensive and hard on the soil.
Notes: Individual stories & interviews can be found on pages 6-15, 28-30, 32-37, 40-44, 47-48, 51-52
Main focus: Poverty
Other topics addressed: Employment; farming; child labour; homelessness; household spending
Source: PATH Canada

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