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Recent updates

  • July 10, 2018

    United Nations High-Level Meeting on NCDs: An opportunity to use fiscal measures to reduce the health and economic impact of NCDs

      As part of the preparatory process for the upcoming third High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on September 27, 2018, the President of the General Assembly, with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO), hosted an interactive hearing on July 5th, 2018. The hearing was an opportunity for both civil society and all stakeholders to share their priorities for the high-level meeting with Member States in September, and to provide feedback on the zero draft of the outcome document. In response to the draft report of the WHO Independent High-level Commission on NCDs, which served as an input into the zero draft of the outcome document, the Tobacconomics team submitted comments  on the report and participated in the interactive hearing to contribute to the process. Our comments are summarized below. While the Commission’s strategies for preventing NCDs included a broad range of … Read more »

  • May 8, 2018

    Two More Countries Join Tobacconomics Partnerships to Reduce Global Tobacco Use

    Researchers from Pakistan and Bangladesh have become the newest members of Tobacconomics’ international partners that will conduct economic research to help inform and shape tobacco control policies in the two countries. The new international partners are the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD) in Bangladesh, the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) and the Social Policy and Development Centre (SPDC) in Pakistan. They join an existing partnership of six organizations covering 14 countries that was announced on March 9, 2018. The partnership, coordinated by Tobacconomics policy researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s (UIC) Institute for Health Research and Policy, engages in research to produce local evidence on the economic impacts of tobacco taxation. Both Pakistan and Bangladesh have complex tax systems on tobacco products, and both have opportunities to increase tobacco taxes, reduce tobacco consumption and generate new revenues that can be used for health and development efforts. Researchers from … Read more »