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SURVEY #3: Cigarette brands during the lockdown
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 - 14:45

REEP wants to understand more about cigarette prices and the brands being smoked in lockdown South Africa: An anonymous survey is capturing photos via WhatsApp and a google form.

Tobacco industry manipulation of illicit trade research
Wed, 29 Jul 2020 - 12:45

Hana Ross is the illicit trade specialist in REEP. In this article she describes some of the differences between industry studies and independent studies that have look at the illicit market.

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Back to Basics #11: Setting the Ideal Tobacco Tax Rate
Tue, 28 Jul 2020 - 18:45

The eleventh Back2Basics policy brief has just been published, and discusses: Setting the Ideal Tobacco Tax Rate. Published under the banner of the WHO FCTC Knowledge Hub on Tobacco Taxation and Illicit Trade, the B2B briefs are accessible and easy to read, yet still contain the most important information regarding various tobacco-taxation topics.

REEP lockdown study #2 covered extensively in the SA media
Tue, 28 Jul 2020 - 12:45

On 21 July 2020, REEP released the findings of a second survey to the public in a report entitled Smoking and Quitting Behaviour in Lockdown South Africa. The report has gained substantial media attention.

Webinar Series - June/July/August 2020
Tue, 28 Jul 2020 - 12:00

The Knowledge Hub on tobacco taxation and illicit trade is pleased to present a webinar series. 

Cigarette prices soar during lockdown, according to latest REEP study
Tue, 21 Jul 2020 - 09:30

Recent research has shown that the average price of cigarettes has increased by nearly 250% compared to pre-lockdown levels.  The study, which was based on more than 23 000 respondents, was conducted by a REEP research team consisting of Professor Corné van Walbeek, Sam Filby and Kirsten van der Zee.

"Smoking and Quitting Behaviour in Lockdown South Africa": Results from a second survey
Tue, 21 Jul 2020 - 08:30

This report follows on from our first entitled “Lighting up the illicit cigarette market: Smokers’ responses to the cigarette sales ban in South Africa”, which was published on 15 May 2020. This report is based on the results of a second online survey, conducted between 4 June and 19 June 2020.

Determinants of smoking intensity in South Africa: Evidence from township communities
Mon, 08 Jun 2020 - 11:45

In order to analyze the smoking patterns in economically disadvantaged communities in South Africa, this paper, authored by Micheal Kofi Boachie and Hana Ross, examines the determinants of smoking intensity, using pooled data on price and non-price determinants of smoking from two cross-sectional surveys conducted in 2017 and 2018 to investigate the drivers of conditional cigarette demand among daily smokers.

Survey Wave 2: How has the lockdown's cigarette sales ban impacted your smoking behaviour?
Thu, 04 Jun 2020 - 12:45

If you were a smoker in the week before the lockdown, REEP wants to know about how the lockdown's cigarette sales ban has impacted your smoking behaviour, particularly since it has been extended to lockdown level 3.. This survey is open to cigarette smokers who completed the first survey AND to cigarette smokers who did not complete the first survey. 

REEP lockdown study published extensively in the SA media
Thu, 28 May 2020 - 12:45

On 15 May 2020, REEP released the findings of a survey to the public in a report entitled Lighting up the illicit market: Smokers’ responses to the cigarette sales ban in South Africa. The report gained much media attention, with the findings appearing on the front page of the Sunday Times, in over 30 online newspapers, and the co-authors participating in over ten radio/TV interviews.

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Back to Basics #10: Tobacco Tax Earmarking
Mon, 25 May 2020 - 18:45

The tenth Back2Basics policy brief has just been published, and discusses: Tobacco Tax Earmarking. Published under the banner of the WHO FCTC Knowledge Hub on Tobacco Taxation and Illicit Trade, the B2B briefs are accessible and easy to read, yet still contain the most important information regarding various tobacco-taxation topics.

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Back to Basics #9: Tobacco Taxation Systems: Ideal Tax Structure
Mon, 25 May 2020 - 12:45

The ninth Back2Basics policy brief has just been published, and discusses: Tobacco Taxation Systems: Ideal Tax Structure. Published under the banner of the WHO FCTC Knowledge Hub on Tobacco Taxation and Illicit Trade, the B2B briefs are accessible and easy to read, yet still contain the most important information regarding various tobacco-taxation topics.

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