Tobacco use contributes to 7 million deaths annually. The world is going through a huge health transition, where the problems of the 6 billion people who live in emerging markets are increasingly the problems of the 1 billion people who live in rich countries. For the first time in history, more people suffer from eating too many calories than too few. Improving global health is no longer primarily about combating infectious diseases.
"If We Want to Improve Global Health, We Need to Tax the Things That Are Killing Us" is from the January 18, 2018 World section of The Washington Post. It was written by Lawrence H. Summers and narrated by Sam Scholl.