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Tobacconomics Research Alert (September 2020)

The Impact of Tobacco Use on Household Consumption Patterns in Pakistan

This Report is written by the Social Policy and Development Centre (SPDC) in Pakistan. The Report estimates the impact that tobacco use has on household spending in Pakistan, complementing previous research on the crowding out effect of tobacco in low- and middle- income countries.

Key Findings:

  • Lower-income households spend more of their budget on tobacco than higher-income households
  • Lower-income households spend more on tobacco than on education or health
  • Reducing tobacco use by 50% in lower-income households frees up resources for food and education
  • Policies that reduce tobacco consumption should be incorporated into poverty reduction strategies

Click to read the Report and the accompanying Policy Brief!