Alternative Employment Opportunities Would Offset Loss of Tobacco-Production Jobs

Economic impact of progress toward a tobacco-free society

From 1993 to 1995, researchers at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, Ann Arbor, Mich. evaluated the net economic impact in eight non-tobacco regions and one tobacco region of the United States of reductions in or elimination of tobacco consumption.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) national program Tobacco Policy Research and Evaluation Program.

Key Findings:

  • The study concluded that a decline in tobacco consumption would not result in an overall decline in employment.
  • Alternative spending patterns for money not spent on tobacco products would increase employment in all eight of the non-tobacco regions.
  • The southeast tobacco region would be the only region to experience a net loss in jobs, which would be completely offset by gains in the non-tobacco regions.

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