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REEP supports increases in the excise tax as a health promotion tool in South Africa
Sun, 01 Dec 2019 - 12:45

On 14 November 2019 REEP made a submission to the Standing Committee on Finance regarding tobacco excise taxes and illicit trade in South Africa. The background to this submission was that the tobacco industry has been lobbying government to freeze the nominal excise tax on tobacco products, in light of the very high prevalence of illicit cigarettes. We argued that the illicit trade problem is the result of poor enforcement, rather than by increases in the excise tax.

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Graduates - 2019
Wed, 27 Nov 2019 - 12:45

In this article we profile three Masters and three PhD students due to graduate in December, who have written their theses/dissertations on aspects related to tobacco control policy, across a variety of different countries and regions.

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Annual Scientific Meeting of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases
Mon, 25 Nov 2019 - 15:45

The GACD annual scientific meeting was held in Bangkok, Thailand, 11-15 November 2019. Hana Ross from the ETCP and Cuong Nguyen Viet from the Mekong Development Research Institute in Vietnam represented the project.

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Knowledge Hub Workshop - November, Cape Town
Mon, 25 Nov 2019 - 15:45

The Knowledge Hub on Tobacco Taxation and Illicit Trade hosted our bi-annual workshop on the economics of tobacco control in Cape Town, South Africa from 11 to 15 November 2019.

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Do Cigarette Prices Impact the Decision to Start or to Stop Smoking?
Mon, 25 Nov 2019 - 12:45

Recently published journal article: "The Effect of Price and Tax Policies on the Decision to Smoke in Kenya", discusses the creation of a new dataset reflecting the history of smoking behavior among 2,079 men in Kenya using the 2014 Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS).

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REEP members publish paper on illicit trade in South Africa
Wed, 20 Nov 2019 - 12:45

In November 2019, Kirsten van der Zee, Corné van Walbeek and Sibahle Magadla published a paper titled "Illicit/cheap cigarettes in South Africa", in the journal Trends in Organized Crime.

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WHO Primer: Health Taxes
Tue, 19 Nov 2019 - 12:45

This Health Taxes Primer, recently published by WHO, summarizes the existing evidence on the health and economic impact of health taxes, considerations for tax design, as well recent country updates.

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Back to Basics #6: Calculating the Economic Cost of Smoking
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 - 12:45

The sixth Back2Basics policy brief has just been published, and discusses: Calculating the Economic Cost of Smoking.

Published under the banner of the WHO FCTC Knowledge Hub on Tobacco Taxation and Illicit Trade, the B2B one-page 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 #5: The Solution to Illicit Trade
Wed, 23 Oct 2019 - 12:45

The fifth Back2Basics policy brief has just been published, and discusses: The Solution to Illicit Trade.
Published under the banner of the WHO FCTC Knowledge Hub on Tobacco Taxation and Illicit Trade, the B2B one-page 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 #4: Price elasticity
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 - 10:45

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

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Tobacco Induced Diseases Conference: October 2019, Tokyo
Mon, 21 Oct 2019 - 12:45

REEP researcher Laura Rossouw attended and presented at the Tobacco Induced Diseases conference from 12-15 October in Tokyo, Japan. She presented on the CRUK-funded study involving various REEP members, which aimed to measure the impact of a change in tobacco taxation on illicit cigarette trade in selected low- and middle-income countries (Mongolia, the Gambia, Georgia and South Africa). 

Back to Basics #3: A Call for Open Access Data on Tobacco Taxation
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 - 12:45

The third Back2Basics policy brief has just been published, and discusses: A Call for Open Access Data on Tobacco Taxation.
Published under the banner of the WHO FCTC Knowledge Hub on Tobacco Taxation and Illicit Trade, the B2B one-page briefs are accessible and easy to read, yet still contain the most important information regarding various tobacco-taxation topics.

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