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  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Legacy
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Recent updates

  • March 9, 2018

    Tobacconomics Announces New International Partnerships to Reduce Global Tobacco Use

    Tobacconomics tax policy experts today announced new partnership agreements with six international organizations to conduct economic research that will help inform and shape tobacco control policies in 14 countries in Asia, Latin America and South Eastern Europe. Through this partnership with Tobacconomics policy researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s (UIC) Institute for Health Research and Policy, the six international organizations will engage in research to produce local evidence on the economic impacts of tobacco taxation. UIC professor Frank J. Chaloupka, who directs the Tobacconomics team, announced the new partnerships at the closing session of the World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Cape Town, South Africa, on March 9. The new international partners and the target countries in which they will work are: PRAKARSA and the Tax Centre at the University of Indonesia (Indonesia); Institute of Public Policy and Management (IPPM) at the National Economics University (NEU) and the Development and … Read more »

  • March 8, 2018

    Helping Women Kick the Habit: Weight Control Beliefs as a Deterrent to Cessation

    Today is International Women’s Day, and discussions at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health are focused on the successes and challenges of tobacco control efforts among women. In recognition of this day, we would like to highlight some of our past research, which focuses on weight control beliefs among women that compromise the effectiveness of tobacco control policy. Globally, about 6% of smokers over the age of 15 are women. Approximately 1.5 million women die every year from tobacco use, and an estimated 75% of these women are living in low-and middle-income countries. It is widely documented that smokers, especially women, smoke in order to control their weight. Similarly, a common reason to not stop smoking is the fear of gaining weight after cessation. For this reason, Tobacconomics researchers, Ce Shang and colleagues (2015) set out to determine how weight control beliefs affect quit attempts to increase the effectiveness of tobacco … Read more »