The economic cost of tobacco use is a well-studied issue in the context of high-income countries. It has been measured in only a handful of low and middle-income countries (LMICs). This is partly because the tobacco epidemic is at an early stage in LMICs. Hence, the adverse health consequences of tobacco use are not felt as hard as is in high-income countries.
This study aims at estimating the economic cost of tobacco use in Uganda. As a benchmark, the study will make tobacco control communities, including professionals and policy makers, aware of the current harms caused by tobacco use to the economy. Consequently, this would lead them to take appropriate measures to prevent the epidemic.
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