This report presents the results of the survey REEP designed and disseminated to determine how smokers responded to the ban on cigarette sales during the COVID-19 lockdown, and to understand how the lockdown has impacted the market for cigarettes in South Africa. Our objective is to explore how cigarette smokers responded to the ban and to assess the implications of their response on the market for cigarettes in South Africa.
The eighth Back2Basics policy brief has just been published, and discusses: The TETSiM Model. 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.
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.
The seventh Back2Basics policy brief, prepared in partnership with the McCabe Centre for Law & Cancer, the WHO FCTC Knowledge Hub on Legal Challenges, has just been published, and discusses: Court Cases and Litigation.
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.
The work by CoRDe Consulting, supported by Hana Ross, shines a light of scientific rigour on the illicit trade issue in Ethiopia, indicating that illicit trade was substantially less than claimed by the tobacco industry, and was not widespread, but was focused primarily in the Eastern parts of the country.
The DATA project is officially closing in a few months’ time, but the platform will remain in place and it will continue to collate data and to open access to data.
On 26 February 2020 the Minister of Finance delivered the Budget speech. While the cuts in the government wage bill and the fragility of South Africa’s fiscal situation captured the headlines, a rather pleasing statistic was that estimated excise tax revenue had increased by nearly 20% in the 2019/20 financial year.
In the last week of January 2020, three members of REEP ran a four-day workshop on tobacco tax modelling in Cabo Verde, in collaboration with the local WHO Office.
In January 2020, REEP started a new 3.5 year project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in collaboration with Development Gateway, an international non-profit organisation that provides technical tools and advisory services. The purpose of the project is to support key stakeholders in 6-8 different African countries to make or influence decision making in tobacco control, through a well-designed data tool.
University of Cape Town (UCT) adopts a policy that disallows any person employed by UCT to accept funding from the tobacco industry.
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.