Journal of the American Medical Association | June 9, 2007Read the Publication
Recent tobacco control regulation in North America and Western Europe has had a salutary effect, even if smoking remains a pressing public health hazard. But in the 21st century, the tobacco industry has quietly moved its locus of activity to lucrative, emerging markets: the vast populations in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. The poorest, least educated, and sickest people on earth inhabit these regions. “Big Tobacco’s” new marketing strategy will cause untold morbidity for the world’s most vulnerable.