February 27, 2020
Tobacconomics Partners Share Tobacco Tax Research Findings at ECToH
The 8th European Conference on Tobacco or Health (ECToH) took place in Berlin, Germany last week. Tobacconomics team members and Southeastern European think tank partners all participated and presented their research. Here now are the highlights.
Of Special Note: Tobacconomics’ researcher Aida Djika from the Development Solutions Associates (DSA) in Albania won a “Young Professionals” prize at ECToH for her “outstanding contributions to tobacco control and going above her immediate duties to contribute to building a tobacco-free Europe.”
Tobacconomics Director, Frank Chaloupka chaired a workshop titled “The Economy of Tobacco Control: Taxation, Cost-Effectiveness, Economic Benefits, Earmarking of Tax Revenues” on February 21 and the following day, Dr. Chaloupka presented “Accelerating Progress on Effective Tobacco Tax Policies in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.”
Southeastern Europe group think tanks presented their research as well:
Dragan Gligoric from the University of Banja Luka (UBL) in Bosnia and Herzegovina presented, “Price and Income Elasticity Estimates of Cigarette Demand in Bosnia and Herzegovina Using the Two-Part Model.”
Besnik Prekazi from Democracy Plus in Kosovo presented, “Higher Tobacco Taxes for Better Health and Revenue Outcomes in Kosovo.”
Ana Mugosa from the Institute of Socio-Economic Analysis (ISEA) in Montenegro prepared a presentation titled “Tobacco Taxation and Smoking Behavior in Montenegro.”
Marko Vladisavljevic from the Institute of Economic Sciences (IES) in Serbia presented, “Cigarette price elasticity in Serbia: Comparison of Low-, Middle- and High-Income Households.”
Olivera Jovanovic from the Institute of Economics Sciences (IES) in Serbia presented a poster titled, “Effectiveness of Tobacco Taxation Policy in Serbia in the Period 2015-2017.”
Natasha Trajkova from Analytica in North Macedonia also presented a poster titled, “Socio-Economic Determinants of Cigarette Smoking – The Case of North Macedonia.”
Aida Djika presented her research titled, “Healthier and Wealthier – Why Taxing Tobacco is Important Not Only for Health But Also For the Economy?”
ECToH is organized under the Association of European Cancer League and has been organized every three years since the first ECToH in 1996 in Finland. The conference is one of the main forums for European tobacco control advocates, researchers, scientists, health professionals, and policymakers to discuss effective tobacco control in Europe.
Both the partners and the Tobacconmics team were excited to have this opportunity to share their research and interact with other stakeholders on tobacco control across Europe and look forward to the next ECTOH to be hosted in Madrid, Spain in 2023.