October 26, 2020
Authors: John P A Ioannidis and Prabhat Jha
Tobacco use is the top modifiable global health problem, but the global tobacco market grows 3% annually.
The main counterarguments are financial (eg, economic damage or lost jobs) and defences of personal choice. Most importantly, public health has little experience in enforcing major changes that disrupt markets. The ongoing societal response to COVID-19 offers a precedent for drastic action taken to eliminate the tobacco industry.