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The REEP newsletter is published every second month, on the last day of the month. Our aim is to share newsworthy and interesting content about REEP (currently still the ETCP) and the FCTC Knowledge Hub with our readers. This e-newsletter will give us an opportunity to showcase some of the research and capacity building activities performed by members of REEP. We also hope that this new channel of communication will inspire policy makers and researchers to contact us on matters related to tobacco tax and illicit tobacco trade.

Regular features include a Director's message, updates on published papers, journal articles and stories printed in the popular press, as well as highlights from recent and upcoming events such as workshops, training courses, conferences etc. 

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#8 July 2020

REEP's second smokers' survey report has been published - again receiving serious media attention. Our research results show that 93% of continuing smokers in the sample were able to buy cigarettes during the lockdown: i.e. despite the ban, the illicit market is thriving. In this month's edition we also share updates on Knowledge Hub activities (a new B2B brief and recent webinars), highlight recently published journal articles, and Hana reports on her experience reviewing industry studies on illicit trade in South-East Asia.

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#7 May 2020

In this edition, we share the results of REEPs online smokers' survey - which was reported on extensively in the media. While 16% of smokers quit during the lockdown, 90% of remaining smokers indicated that they purchased cigarettes during the lockdown, often at highly inflated prices. We  profile a case study revealing SA's a massive illicit trade problem, and a paper on the impact of price changes on the number of cigarettes smoked by smokers in six South African townships, as well as a recent webinar with Johann van Loggerenberg.

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#6 March 2020

Corné's Director's Introduction to e-newsletter #6 recognises that South Africa is on lockdown while the world strives to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. He also thanks REEP's funders for their understanding and for being flexible in their expectations in these unprecedented times. We discuss some of REEP’s activities from the past two months, including some important project updates. 

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#5 January 2020

Our first edition of the new decade sees the launch of REEP's brand new logo. We also report on UCT Council adopting a new policy on funding from the tobacco industry, as well as the Tobacco Control Data Initiative and the recent Cabo Verde Tobacco Tax Workshop. In addition, we share some team news, with REEP extending fond farewells to some staff, while warmly welcoming some new personnel. 

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#4 November 2019

This newsletter is dedicated to our Masters and PhD students who are graduating on 13 December 2019. The past two months have been very productive, so we are pleased to also share news of the latest REEP publications and events, such as the Knowledge Hub Workshop held in November. We wish our readers all the best for the festive season ahead, and look forward to returning in January 2020.

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#3 September 2019

We report on a number of projects and published papers in issue three, that focus specifically on the illicit cigarette market in South Africa and elsewhere. We share news of the Knowledge Hub providing St Helena with technical assistance in tax modelling and revenue predictions of a potential increase in the excise tax levels of tobacco. We also profile a new article which documents a recently-collected dataset on discarded cigarettes packs in Mongolia.

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#2 July 2019

In this issue we cover some highlights from the Knowledge Hub Workshop hosted in July, and reveal the first Back2Basics policy brief on Tobacco Admin. We also profile the African Cigarette Prices Data Project, and the Mongolia Illicit Cigarette Trade Study. Other notable events that took place recently include REEP Media Training, and the GTAC Public Economics Workshop.

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#1 May 2019

In our first issue, notably launched on World No Tobacco Day, we introduce REEP and share some details about the Knowledge Hub. We also profile Dr Jean Tesche, and highlight the IDRC/CRUK project. We share details on our recent journal articles and publications, and link to a number of op-eds recently published in the South African press.

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