Anti-Smoking Advocates Push for Alternative Crops

Anti-smoking campaigners face a tough sell in Zimbabwe, where tobacco farmers have enjoyed a bumper year crop this year.
And the government has the farmers’ backs. Tobacco, now one of Zimbabwe’s biggest moneymakers, has caught the eye of the country’s agricultural ministry, which plans to boost production.
But: Anti-smoking advocates are making a case for switching to alternative crops that are less damaging to health, highlighting the increased risk for severe COVID-19 outcomes tied to tobacco—already blamed for 8 million deaths a year around the world.

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