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Come See Us at APHA in Chicago

Presentations at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting October 31 – November 4, 2015 | Chicago, IL   Sunday, November 1, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. “Impact of Other Tobacco Product (OTP) Tax Structure on Retail OTP Prices: Evidence from Commercial Store Scanner Data” — Jidong Huang, Frank J. Chaloupka, Jam... Read More

Tobacco Control Is Smart Economics (Amongst Other Things)

In Perth for the Oceania Tobacco Control Conference 2015, Dr. Chaloupka was interviewed on Periscope by Marie McInerney of Croakey News.  In the interview, they discuss current issues in the economics of tobacco control, including: fallacies of economic arguments made by tobacco companies examples of countries that have excelled... Read More

Dr. Chaloupka on Tobacco Taxes in New Zealand

New Zealand has been praised for its history of aggressive tobacco taxation, with a 10% increase in taxes on tobacco products every year since 2010 that has resulted in an overall average drop in cigarette sales of 23%. In light of the government's recent decision not to extend tobacco tax increases beyond 2016,  Dr. Chaloupka was in New... Read More

Do Taxes Make You Healthier?

Dr. Frank Chaloupka is a distinguished professor of economics at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is an internationally respected scientist in the area of tobacco control. He is the director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center on the Economics of Tobacco Control, and also a research associate at the Natio... Read More

Absolutely No Question Raising Tax on Tobacco Reduces Smoking

Amidst calls for the government of New Zealand to consider its next move on smoke-free policies, Dr. Chaloupka met with economics journalist Nadine Chalmers-Ross on New Zealand's national television broadcaster TVNZ.  They discuss tobacco taxation, its impact on low-income populations, and other potential strategies to reduce smoking... Read More

Differential Taxes for Differential Risks

It is time to rethink conventional wisdom on tobacco taxation, say Tobacconomics researchers in a new Perspective in the New England Journal of Medicine. For decades now, the evidence-based best practice has been to tax all tobacco products at similar levels since they all harm health.  The rapid evolution of the nicotine-delivery prod... Read More

Researchers Uncover Disparities in Smoke-Free Law Coverage

Communities with less education and lower per capita income are less likely to have laws that completely prohibit smoking in public places, according to a study published online in the American Journal of Public Health that examined community level disparities in smoke-free laws across 10 states. “There are socioeconomic disparit... Read More

Podcast: The Economics of Tobacco Control (Part 2)

The International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (ITC Project), founded in 2002, systematically evaluates key policies of the WHO FCTC in 22 countries, containing more than 50% of the world’s population, 60% of the world’s smokers and 70% of the world’s tobacco users. In this podcast Corne Van Walbeek, guest... Read More

Fixed Cigarette Taxes Leave Smokers Less Wiggle Room

The way that cigarettes are taxed in different countries can lead to prices that either vary widely from brand to brand, providing opportunities for smokers to switch to cheaper brands in response to boosts in cigarette taxes, or fall within a relatively limited range, leaving fewer money-saving options to turn to when taxes are hiked, re... Read More