Launch of the e-library on tobacco taxation and illicit trade

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On 21 January 2021, the WHO FCTC Secretariat’s Knowledge Hub on Tobacco Taxation and Illicit Trade, hosted by REEP, launched an e-library on tobacco taxation and illicit trade in tobacco products. The library can be accessed at

The online launch was attended by over 70 people from a range of countries. Attendees were given some background to the e-library and were walked through a demonstration on how to use the e-library’s search function.

The purpose of the e-library is to consolidate and classify all available literature on tobacco taxation and the illicit trade in tobacco products. At the time of the launch, the library had links to more than 1 700 entries covering a variety of dissemination modes. These range from journal articles, presentations, datasets and grey literature.

The library is a searchable database from which users can access relevant materials. Publications in the e-library are classified according to a number of criteria, such as publication type (e.g., journal article, presentation, dataset), topic, region, and income classification. Visitors can also use the search function to find literature published by a specific author, or information on a particular country. A video on how to use the e-library is available here.

The e-library resource is intended for use by both researchers and policy makers. For researchers, the e-library can be used as a one-stop-shop for finding existing literature on a particular topic relating to tobacco tax and illicit trade. Policy makers can use the-library as a tool to find information on their country, or global evidence for best practice in tobacco taxation and combatting illicit trade. We believe that it will be a valuable contribution to research on tobacco taxation and illicit trade.

The e-library aims to complement the existing Tobacconomics research database , which holds 600 items, including policy briefs, research reports, toolkits, presentations, and webinars on the economics of tobacco more broadly. The main focus of the Tobacconomics database is on the design and implementation of taxes, the impact of taxes on demand for tobacco products, the impacts of tobacco control on lower-income households, government tax revenues, illicit trade, and other factors. It also includes studies on supply-side interventions, such as policies relating to farming and regulation for vendors, marketing bans and cessation programs, health consequences related to tobacco use, and fiscal health policies relating to sugary beverages, junk food, and alcohol.

The Knowledge Hub’s e-library is focused on studies on tobacco taxation and illicit tobacco. It aims to be as comprehensive as possible on these topics. It is not intended to focus on other aspects of the economics of tobacco control (e.g. advertising bans), or non-economic aspects of tobacco control.

Please contact Samantha Filby ( to suggest resources that you believe should be included in the e-library and that have not yet been included.