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The economics of tobacco control: evidence from the International Tobacco Control (ITC) Policy Evaluation Project
  1. John A Tauras1,2,
  2. Frank J Chaloupka1,2,
  3. Anne Chiew Kin Quah3,
  4. Geoffrey T Fong3,4,5
  1. 1Department of Economics, University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois, USA
  2. 2Health Policy Center, Institute for Health Research and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois, USA
  3. 3Department of Psychology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  4. 4School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  5. 5Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr John A Tauras, Department of Economics, University of Illinois at Chicago, 601 S. Morgan (m/c 144), Chicago, IL 60607, USA; tauras{at}


Over the past few decades, the importance of economic research in advancing tobacco control policies has become increasingly clear. Extensive research has demonstrated that increasing tobacco taxes and prices is the single most cost-effective tobacco control measure. The research contained in this supplement adds to this evidence and provides new insights into how smokers respond to tax and price changes using the rich data on purchase behaviours, brand choices, tax avoidance and evasion, and tobacco use collected systematically and consistently across countries and over time by the International Tobacco Control (ITC) Project. The findings from this research will help inform policymakers, public health professionals, advocates, and others seeking to maximise the public health and economic benefits from higher taxes.

  • Economics
  • Price
  • Taxation

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