The Bill China Cannot Afford

The Health, Economic, and Social Costs
of China’s Tobacco Epidemic

World Health Organization and United Nations Development Programme

Publication details

Number of pages: 56
Publication date: 2017
Languages: English
ISBN: 978 92 9061 790


This groundbreaking report provides an analysis of the current health, social and economic costs and impacts of tobacco use and policies in China. It highlights the impact of tobacco use on development, focusing particularly on poverty and inequality and the tremendous burden tobacco represents for the poorest and most vulnerable. The report affirms that through implementation of a comprehensive package of strong tobacco control policies, China could avert many millions of preventable deaths and build a more sustainable and inclusive economy.