General Economics

This page links to resources about how tobacco effects the global economy and the economies within various countries.

Tobacco Documents Bibliography

UCSF-Library1 Frequently updated comprehensive bibliography of publications and resources that utilize and analyze tobacco industry documents from 1994 to present. This section of the bibliography is specifically devoted to economics.


Tobacconomics The 2011 Tobacconomics report, produced by Action on Smoking and Health, reveals how the tobacco industry uses pseudo economic arguments to divert attention away from the health consequences of smoking to block new health regulations and ultimately protect its revenues.

A Modern Economic View of Tobacco Taxation

International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung DiseaseThis 2008 paper provides a counterargument for the traditional economic analysis of tobacco taxation and presents reasons that tobacco taxes should exceed the level of pure, interpersonal externalities.

US Aid Tobacco Policy

usaid This report outlines US Aid’s policy and position on current and future activities related to tobacco production, processing, marketing, and other related tobacco activities. It also describes anti-tobacco activities that the agency can undertake.

Tobacco Taxes by Country

Tobacco AtlasThis interactive map from the Tobacco Atlas allows you to view excise tax as a percentage of cigarette by country.

Costs to Society by Country

Tobacco Atlas 4 cover icon TA4This interactive map from The Tobacco Atlas allows you to view direct costs of smoking as a percentage of gross domestic product.

Economics of Tobacco Control Toolkit

The World Bank This peer-reviewed toolkit provided by The World Bank provides tools for analyzing the impact of tobacco on demand, taxes, employment, smuggling, and equity.

WHO Tobacco Country Profiles

WHO Report on the Global Tobacco EpidemicThese country profiles, generated from data collected for the 2013 WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, provide country specific information on prevalence, preventive measures, cessation, cigarette prices and cigarette tax rates.

State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation (STATE) System

The STATE System, developed by the CDC Office of Smoking and Health, is an interactive application that houses and displays current and historical state-level data on tobacco. Trend data, interactive maps, and state comparisons are available for topics such as legislation for indoor smoke-free policies, vending machines, smoke-free school campuses, and advertising restrictions.