Tobacco related diseases cut short the lives of 100 million people last century, a number expected to surge to 1 billion this century, according to CGD senior fellow Bill Savedoff. Tobacco use has the makings of a staggering epidemic, one taking an increasing toll on low- and middle-income countries. Bill and I discuss the health costs imposed on those countries and tax policies for curbing tobacco usage.
Rajesh Mirchandani, CGD vice president of communications and policy outreach, interviews development experts in this weekly podcast. The blog offers a short text summary.