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Strengthening the evidence for advancing tobacco control policy in Mexico, Colombia, and India

The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the implementation of which is a specific target (3.a) of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, recognises that raising taxes is the most cost effective tobacco control measure. India, Mexico and Colombia are all rapidly growing economies with a large share of the youth population and where effective and pro poor means of making smoking unaffordable and improving health outcomes for the over 115 million number of smokers who live in these countries is a critical priority.

The Global Tobacco Economics Consortium, led by the Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública in Mexico, will use the extended cost effective analysis method to estimate the effect at the national and subnational level of tobacco tax increases on health care costs and poverty. It will also deepen the understanding the differential impacts of the household costs of tobacco use on gender over time. The consortium brings together research teams in Colombia, Mexico, and India, who will improve their understanding of how tobacco control policy is developed in their specific country context. This will allow them to better communicate the value of using economic tools and evidence for setting optimal tobacco taxes. The integration of evidence from across these three country contexts will contribute to global literature and momentum for large scale tax increases in low and middle income countries for progress on the Sustainable Development Goals.

This project is funded through the Economics of Tobacco Control Research Initiative, a 5-year IDRC and Cancer Research UK partnership launched in October 2017.

Project ID
108819
Project Status
Active
Duration
46 months
IDRC Officer
Natacha Lecours
Total Funding
CA$ 1,001,900.00
Location
Colombia
India
Mexico
Programs
Global Health
The Economics of Tobacco Control Research Initiative
Institution Country
Mexico
Project Leader
Luz Myriam Reynales Shigematsu
Institution
Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública

Outputs

Brief

Strengthening the evidence for advancing tobacco control policy in Mexico, Colombia : project report

Brief

India could avert many lakh smoking deaths through cigarette tax increase, reduce poverty and strengthen tobacco control implementation

Report

Integrating tobacco control into the NCD and human capital agenda

Article

Impact of cigarette tax increase on health and financing outcomes in four Indian states