Can Tobacco Control Endgame Analysis Learn Anything From the U.S. Experience With Illegal Drugs?

"All end-game proposals offer incentives for black markets in cigarette-like products.

  • Black markets have the potential to create harms, such as violence, corruption and illegal incomes, in addition to increasing tobacco use and related health effects.
  • The experience with marijuana and other illicit drugs suggests that these market-related harms can be very substantial.
  • Though there is no systematic way of projecting how large these markets and related harms will be,  it is important to acknowledge their existence and potential for reducing social well-being."

—Excerpted from a special supplement of Tobacco Control.


This research was not funded directly by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), but has been included as an additional resource to this issue of Tobacco Control supported by RWJF.