ISSN: 2559-5059


Social, medical and economic implications of
tobacco consumption


Ion G. Motofei1,2

1Carol Davila University, Bucharest, Romania

1St. Pantelimon Hospital, Bucharest, Romania

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Running title: Implications of tobacco consumption

Keywords: social, medical, economic implications, tobacco consumption

J Appl Econ Stat. 2017; 1(1): 55-62; Date of submission: 2017-01-14, Date of acceptance: 2017-03-22


About 150 years after Columbus discovered the “strange foliage” in New World, tobacco was used around the world. Its rapid spread and widespread acceptance characterize the dependence on the tobacco plant. Only the delivery mode has changed. In the eighteenth century, it was consumed in the pipe, in the nineteenth century it was at the age of cigar, and the twentieth century recorded the development of manufactured cigarettes and a large number of smokers.

At the beginning of the 21st century, about one-third of adults in the world use tobacco. To this is added the growing number of women consuming tobacco. Despite thousands of studies showing that tobacco in all its forms kills its consumers as well as non-users, people continue to smoke, and deaths from tobacco use continue to increase.

After having penetrated the European continent, tobacco has grown intensively and has spread throughout the world. The lack of knowledge about the effects of tobacco consumption even stimulated it at that time, believing it to be a sign of mondeness, at first as a privilege of the nobility, and then, even of the best and the most desperate social categories. Currently, Europe has the largest consumption of cigarettes per capita vis-à-vis any of the six WHO Regional Health Organizations.

Editor in Chief

Catalina Motofei

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