The tobacco sector has ties to agriculture, health, the economy, and many more areas. While it was once a constantly flourishing industry, parts of the sector have been struggling since tobacco use has been recognized as a chief factor in many diseases and health conditions. As a result, the joint effort of health experts and official organizations to fight the tobacco epidemic and to alter public perception of smoking has had repercussions for the whole sector. In the European Union, this fight also led to changes in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which resulted in some of the financial aid granted to tobacco-producing farmers being dropped.
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