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REEP in the SA media: Feb & Mar 2021
Tue, 30 Mar 2021 - 12:45

REEP gained substantial media attention in February and March 2021, with multiple interviews and extensive press coverage of REEP's research.

Standing Committee on Finance report published
Wed, 10 Mar 2021 - 11:00

The Standing Committee on Finance published a report yesterday, summarising the findings of the 2021 Fiscal Framework and Revenue Proposals. This is of particular interest as it relates to a submission made by REEP to the Standing and Select Committees of Finance, addressing the tobacco excise tax increases laid out in the February 2021 National Budget speech.

Letter to the Select and Standing Portfolio Committees on Finance
Tue, 09 Mar 2021 - 14:00

Corné van Walbeek and Sam Filby recently made a submission to the Select and Standing Portfolio Committees on Finance about their thoughts on the Budget.

New E-Library on tobacco taxation and illicit trade will support researchers and policy makers
Tue, 02 Feb 2021 - 10:30

The WHO FCTC Secretariat’s Knowledge Hub on Tobacco Taxation and Illicit Trade, hosted by REEP, recently launched an e-library on tobacco taxation and illicit trade in tobacco products.

Special Update: Tobacconomics Cigarette Tax Scorecard
Tue, 15 Dec 2020 - 22:30

Introducing... the first edition of the international Tobacconomics Cigarette Tax Scorecard assessing cigarette tax policies in over 170 countries.

Smoking and Quitting Behaviour in South Africa After the Tobacco Sales Ban: Results From A Third Survey
Thu, 10 Dec 2020 - 12:30

Cigarette market normalises after sales ban is lifted, but is not the same as before, according to latest REEP study: this report is based on the results of a third online survey, and is entitled: “Back To Normal? Smoking and Quitting Behaviour in South Africa After the Tobacco Sales Ban: Results From A Third Survey

Comments about the Rates and Monetary Amounts and Amendment of Revenue Laws Bill (2020)
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 - 14:45

REEP urges Parliament's Select Committee on Finance to substantially increase the excise tax on tobacco products in the next budget cycle...

Finale of the Illicit Trade in Developing Countries project
Fri, 16 Oct 2020 - 14:45

REEP is pleased to share that the BMJ Tobacco Control supplement on illicit trade, and an excellent accompanying blog, are both now live and available online.

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.

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