Who is Profiting from Tobacco? A Closer Look at the Shareholders of Multinational Tobacco Companies and their Subsidiaries (2018)


Tobacco products are sold in virtually every country and according to the World Health organization kill more than seven million people worldwide per year and cause about 1.4 trillion USD in economic damage each year.1 Increasingly, the burden of tobacco use is greatest in low– and middle–income countries that have been targeted by the tobacco industry with its deadly products and deceptive marketing practices. Yet profits from the world’s largest tobacco companies go almost exclusively to shareholders in a handful of the world’s wealthiest countries.

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