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Paying tobacco’s price – Smoking takes toll on world’s poor

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The Rockefeller Foundation will support local tobacco research and anti-smoking initiatives aimed at poor inhabitants of developing countries, the foundation announced on May 31.

“The international health community cannot ignore the rising toll from the tobacco epidemic in developing countries,” said Dr. Lincoln Chen, the foundation’s executive vice president. “To avert tomorrow’s tragedy, we must act today.”

The “Trading Tobacco for Health” initiative will provide up to $10 million over the next five years, mostly to programs in Southeast Asia. The initiative will focus on tobacco’s disproportionate impact on the poor and ways to counter that impact.

Programs will include efforts to reduce the number of youth who start smoking; support for smoke-free public spaces; and an examination of the impact of tobacco on the livelihoods of the poor.

For full text, go to the Rockefeller Foundation.

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