Public Resources


There are three components to our online resource tool:

1. Publicly accessible resources;
2. Resources available only to approved members of the Knowledge Hub network; and the
3. The E-Library

Certain sensitive information on the Knowledge Hub website will not be made public, to avoid tobacco industry interference. The tobacco industry aggressively opposes tobacco excise tax increases and has been implicated in the illicit trade of tobacco products. Protecting information from industry interference will strengthen efforts to inform public health policy. To register to access our member-only resources, please click here.

Policy Briefs

Back to Basics (B2Bs)
#1 Tobacco Taxes and Tax Administration
By Tesche, J. B2B#1. July 2019

#2The Rationale for Tobacco Tax and Price Measures
By Rossouw, L. B2B#2. August 2019

A Call for Open Access Data on Tobacco Taxation
By Darsamo, V. B2B#3. August 2019

#4 Price elasticity
By Van Walbeek, C. B2B#4. October 2019

#5 The Solution to Illicit Trade
By Ross, H. B2B#5. October 2019

#6 Calculating the Economic Cost of Smoking
By Boachie, M. B2B#6. October 2019

#7 Court Cases and Litigation
By Zhou, S. in partnership with the McCabe Centre for Law & Cancer, the WHO FCTC Knowledge Hub on Legal Challenges: B2B#7. March 2020

#8 The TETSiM Model
By Van der Zee, K. and Van Walbeek, C. B2B#8. May 2020

#9 Tobacco Taxation Systems: Ideal Tax Structure
By Filby, S. and Van Walbeek, C. B2B#9. May 2020

#10 Tobacco Tax Earmarking
By Ross, H., Tesche, J and Vellios, N. B2B#10. May 2020

#11 Setting the Ideal Tobacco Tax Rate
By Blecher, E. and Filby, S. B2B#11 July 2020

#12 Tobacco Industry Interference and Tobacco Taxation
By Sy, D. in partnership with the Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control (GGTC), the WHO FCTC Knowledge Hub on Article 5.3: B2B#12. July 2020
Back to Basics (B2Bs) en Français
Tesche, J. (2019). Taxes sur le tabac et administration fiscale, REEP Back to Basics Policy Brief: B2B#1. Juillet 2019, University of Cape Town

Rossouw, L. (2019). Justification des mesures fiscales et tarifaires sur le tabac, REEP Back to Basics Policy Brief: B2B#2. Août 2019, University of Cape Town

Darsamo, V. (2019). Un appel en faveur du libre accès aux données sur l’imposition du tabac, REEP Back to Basics Policy Brief: B2B#3. Août 2019, University of Cape Town

Van Walbeek, C. (2019). Élasticité-prix, REEP Back to Basics Policy Brief: B2B#4. Octobre 2019, University of Cape Town.

Ross, H. (2019). La solution au commerce illicite, REEP Back to Basics Policy Brief: B2B#5. Octobre 2019, University of Cape Town.

Boachie, M. (2019). Calcul du coût économique du tabagisme, REEP Back to Basics Policy Brief: B2B#6. Novembre 2019, University of Cape Town.

Zhou, S. (2020). Litiges et Contentieux, REEP Back to Basics Policy Brief en partenariat avec le McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer, Centre de connaissances de la CCLAT de l’OMS sur les contestations judiciaires: B2B#7. Mars 2020, University of Cape Town.

Van der Zee, K. and Van Walbeek, C. (2020). Le modèle TETSiM, REEP Back to Basics Policy Brief: B2B#8. Mai 2020, University of Cape Town.

Filby, S. and Van Walbeek, C. (2020). Systèmes de taxation du tabac : Structure fiscale idéale , REEP Back to Basics Policy Brief: B2B#9. Mai 2020, University of Cape Town.

Ross, H., Tesche, J and Vellios, N. (2020). Affectation spécifique des taxes sur le tabac, REEP Back to Basics Policy Brief: B2B#10. Mai 2020, University of Cape Town.

Videos & Webinar Recordings

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Webinar Recordings
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Webinar #1: Global trends in tobacco taxation - 30 June 2020
Webinar #2: Methods for measuring illicit trade -15 July 2020
Webinar #3: Overview of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products - 26 August 2020


The FCTC Knowledge Hub co-publishes a bi-monthly e-newsletter with REEP, aiming to share newsworthy and interesting content with our readers. We hope that this channel of communication will inspire policy makers and researchers to contact us on matters related to tobacco tax and illicit tobacco trade. Regular features include updates on published papers, journal articles and stories printed in the popular press, as well as highlights from recent and upcoming events such as workshops, training courses, conferences etc.

Past editions include:
#14 July 2021
#13 May 2021
#12 March 2021
#11 January 2021
#10 November 2020
#9 September 2020
#8 July 2020
#7 May 2020
#6 March 2020
#5 January 2020
#4 November 2019
#3 September 2019
#2 July 2019
#1 May 2019

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Impact of Taxation

Access to Tetsim model

Van Walbeek, C.P. (2010). A simulation model to predict the fiscal and public health impact of a change in cigarette excise taxes. Tobacco Control. 19:31e36. doi:10.1136/tc.2008.028779

Sahadewo, G.A., Iglesias,R.M., Araujo, E. C. et al. (2017). The economics of tobacco taxation and employment in Indonesia. Global Tobacco Control Program. Washington, D.C.: World Bank Group.

Fuchs, A., Francisco, A. & Meneses, P. (2017). Are tobacco taxes really regressive? : evidence from Chile. Washington, D.C.

Iunes, R., Villar, M et al. (2017). The Distributional Consequences of Increasing Tobacco Taxes on Colombia's Health and Finances. Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.

Dollerson, J. (2017). Tobacco Tax: The most effective least-used tool in public health. Medium.

Fuchs, A. & Meneses, F. (2017). Progressive or Regressive: The Impact of Tobacco Taxation in Ukraine. Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.

Levy, D., Mohlman, M. K., & Zhang, Y. (2016). Estimating the Potential Impact of Tobacco Control Policies on Adverse Maternal and Child Health Outcomes in the United States Using the SimSmoke Tobacco Control Policy Simulation Model. Nicotine & Tobacco Research.

Fleischer, N. L., Thrasher, J. F., Reynales-Shigematsu, L. M., Cummings, K. M., Meza, R., Zhang, Y., & Levy, D. T. (2016). Mexico SimSmoke: how changes in tobacco control policies would impact smoking prevalence and smoking attributable deaths in Mexico. Global public health.

Brock, B., Choi, K., Boyle, R. G., Moilanen, M., & Schillo, B. A. (2016). Tobacco product prices before and after a statewide tobacco tax increase. Tobacco control.

Goodchild, M., Perucic, A. M., & Nargis, N. (2016). Modelling the impact of raising tobacco taxes on public health and finance. Bulletin of the World Health Organization.

Levy, D. T., Huang, A. T., Currie, L. M., & Clancy, L. (2013). The benefits from complying with the framework convention on tobacco control: a SimSmoke analysis of 15 European nations. Health policy and planning.


Data on Alcohol and Tobacco in Africa (DATA) Project is a pursuit funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and conducted by the Research Unit on the Economics of Excisable Products (REEP) (formerly the Economics of Tobacco Control Project (ETCP)) in collaboration with DataFirst, at the University of Cape Town. The project seeks to collect, archive and disseminate tobacco- and alcohol-related time series and cross-sectional economic data.

The aim is to provide a single point of access for researchers interested in tobacco and alcohol policies in Africa. In its pilot stage, the DATA Project works to establish relationships with statistical authorities in Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Senegal, and South Africa in order to promote open access to their data and to increase the utilisation of existing data for research and policymaking. The ultimate goal is to expand the project to all Sub-Saharan countries. Currently 69 datasets are are available. The database can be accessed here.