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Measuring tobacco-attributable costs and illicit trade effects for optimal tobacco tax scenarios in 8 Latin America countries

This project is funded through the Economics of Tobacco Control Research Initiative. This is an IDRC and Cancer Research UK co-funding partnership launched in October 2017. The objective is to generate evidence that provides the economic rationale for the prevention of tobacco-related diseases and the research uptake by policy actors that allows for the adoption of tobacco-control policies across low and middle-income countries. The general aim of this project is to provide comprehensive burden estimates to best inform decision-making on tobacco taxation policies in 8 Latin American countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru, Ecuador, and Mexico). It is led by an established regional network of multidisciplinary specialists that have developed an important tobacco-control knowledge base in the region. Specifically, the project seeks to refine and complement the network’s earlier work by producing more sophisticated estimates of tobacco burdens and optimal tax scenarios. The updated model will include the costs of productivity losses due to tobacco-related morbidity and mortality, as well as the effects of illicit trade on tobacco prices, consumption levels, burden of diseases, and tax revenue generation. The ultimate objective is to work with country authorities to identify tax increase scenarios that bring optimal population health and economic benefits. It is expected that the continued policy engagement and the new information generated by the project will strengthen the case for immediate action.

Project ID
Project Status
End Date
24 months
IDRC Officer
Natacha Lecours
Total Funding
CA$ 293,600.00
South America
Global Health
The Economics of Tobacco Control Research Initiative
Institution Country
Project Leader
Prof. Andres Pichon-Riviere MD MSc PhD
IECS - Instituto de Efectividad Clinica Y Sanitaria Asociacion Civil