The Economic Impact of Smoking: An Analysis Introduction and Overview Historically one of the oldest and most important crops in the United States, tobacco has become embroiled in the second half of the twentieth-century in a struggle pitting economic interests against public health interests. In analyzing this struggle from a macroeconomic perspective, it is evident that smoking has both a positive and negative impact on the American and Canadian economies, but the negative impact is far more significant and extensive than the positive impact. Although smoking provides jobs in the tobacco industry, income for tobacco farmers, and tax revenue, the health care costs imposed by smoking and secondhand smoke total tens of billions of dollars...The end:
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