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Happy New Year From Tobacconomics, 2022!


From the Tobacconomics team, we wish you all a happy and healthy 2022! Thank you for continuing to support our work and efforts to inform effective tobacco policies around the world!

Over the last year, the Tobacconomics team and our think tank partners have produced 80 high-quality research products on the economics of tobacco taxation. Our findings show the untapped benefits of effective tobacco tax policies.
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2021 Tobacconomics Highlights

In 2021, our team released the 2nd edition of the Tobacconomics Cigarette Tax Scorecard. In this edition, we assessed cigarette tax policies in 160 countries using new data from the World Health Organization’s biennial Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic. 

The Scorecard can be found here in English, Spanish, and Bahasa Indonesian.

Country-specific policy briefs on Indonesia, Morocco, and Tunisia are available, with more to come.

See how your country compares here!
In 2021, we also launched our LinkedIn and continue to use our Twitter to share relevant findings. Be sure to connect with us to stay up-to-date!

2021 Think Tank Highlights

  • Ark Foundation estimated the price elasticity of demand for cigarettes here.
  • Center for Indonesia's Strategic Development Initiatives (CISDI) estimated the health care costs of smoking here and examined the macroeconomic impact of tobacco taxes here.
  • Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) estimated the cost of smoking-attributable disease here and analyzed the impact of tax increases on behavior of smokers here.
  • Social Policy and Development Centre (SPDC) estimated the crowding out effect of tobacco use here, assessed the impact of potential tax policies here, and modeled the macroeconomic and distributional impacts of tobacco taxes here.
Viet Nam:
  • Development and Policies Research Center (DEPOCEN) estimated the crowding out effect of tobacco use here, assessed the distributional impact of tobacco taxation here, analyzed cigarette brand-switching behavior and illicit trade here, and estimated the impoverishing effect of smoking here.
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Latin America
  • Centro de Estudios, Distributivos, Laborales y Sociales (CEDLAS) examined the macroeconomic impact of tobacco taxes here.
  • Centro de Investigación en Alimentación y Desarrollo (CIAD) assessed the effect of tobacco taxes on the consumption of other goods here and the examined the macroeconomic impact of tobacco taxation here.
  • Centro de Análisis y Difusión de la Economía Paraguaya (CADEP) estimated the supply and consumption of cigarettes here.
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Southeastern Europe
  • Development Solutions Associates (DSA) analyzed the illicit tobacco market here and estimated the impact of tobacco tax increases here.
Bosnia and Herzegovina:
  • University of Banja Luka (UBL) analyzed the illicit tobacco market here.
  • Democracy Plus (D+) analyzed the illicit tobacco market here.
North Macedonia:
  • Analytica analyzed the illicit tobacco market here and examined the economics of tobacco subsidies here.
  • Institute of Economic Sciences (IES) analyzed the illicit tobacco market here, estimated the crowding out effect of tobacco use here, and examined cigarette affordability trends in the region here.
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Looking Ahead

We have many exciting releases to look forward to in 2022:
  • 7th edition of the Tobacco Atlas;
  • Tobacconomics Toolkits on estimating the distributional and macroeconomic impacts of tobacco taxes as well as modeling and evaluating the effects of tobacco tax increases;
  • And more impactful research from our think tank partners around the world!
About Tobacconomics

Based in the Health Policy Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), the Tobacconomics team conducts economic research to shape global tobacco control policies, and we also partner with economic policy think tanks in low- and middle-income countries to build the local evidence base for more effective tobacco tax systems. UIC is a partner of the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use.

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