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Pricing Policies and Control of Tobacco in Europe

Objective

Price is the single most important intervention in tobacco control (TC). To protect the health of its citizens the EU now has a major role in regulating tobacco fiscal policy (FP) through a number of EU directives. The aims of these directives initially were to ensure the proper functioning of the internal market. The directives aided harmonization in EU Member States (MS) but now with EU enlargement price differentials have increased problems for the market and health protection. Price elasticity of tobacco is estimated using econometric analysis of demand but is limited in MS by availability of relevant data. The interaction of FP with other TC policies is poorly defined. The effects of price on smuggling and the tobacco industry response to price changes are complex. Gradually tools are evolving to look at some of these problems. The World Bank has produced a toolkit for economic analysis of tobacco demand with clear guidance on methodology. SimSmoke has allowed the analysis of various TC components to be investigated. This project allows us to perform an econometric analysis at EU level with routinely collected aggregated time series data examining differences in EU MS and the influence of EU border countries. A new cross sectional survey will provide standardised data for EU MS We will examine the effect of the rate of price changes using historical data comparing steep rapid changes e.g. in France with gradual changes in e.g. UK and Ireland. Using SimSmoke we will examine the effects of the interaction of price with: Smoking Cessation Services, Smuggling in high, (Finland, Ireland, UK) and low, (Baltic, Romania) price countries, Smoke free laws (Ireland, Scotland and Italy), Advertising and warnings (Belgium, UK) and predict the effects on other MS. Outputs: Recommendations for policymakers at EU and MS levels with SimSmoke models and a Fiscal Policy Handbook for MS to strengthen tobacco control policies and lead to an equitable EU tobacco market

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/econometrics
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

FP7-HEALTH-2007-B
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

TobaccoFree Research Institute Ireland LBG
Address
Upper Mount Street 10
2 Dublin
Ireland
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 873 484
Administrative Contact
Vanessa Clarke (Ms.)

Participants (7)

UNIVERSITY OF BATH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 458 823
Address
Claverton Down
BA2 7AY Bath
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Pete Hompstead (Mr.)
HBSA Inc
United States
EU contribution
€ 147 080
Address
11720 Beltsville Dr., Suite 900
20705 3111 Beltsville
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Diane Mcknight (Ms.)
CENTRE INTERNATIONAL DE RECHERCHE SUR LE CANCER
France
EU contribution
€ 392 438
Address
150 Cours Albert Thomas
69372 Lyon Cedex 08
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Olaf Kelm (Dr.)
ISTITUTO DI RICERCHE FARMACOLOGICHE MARIO NEGRI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 516 868
Address
Via Mario Negri 2
20156 Milano
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maria Grazia Pezzoni (Ms.)
INSTITUT CATALA D'ONCOLOGIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 27 564
Address
Av Gran Via De L'hospitalet 199-203
08908 L'hospitalet Del Llobregat
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Nuria Benitez Monforte (Ms.)
UNION INTERNATIONALE CONTRE LA TUBERCULOSE ET LES MALADIES RESPIRATOIRES
France
EU contribution
€ 132 485
Address
Boulevard Saint Michel 68
75006 Paris
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Jose Luis Castro (Mr.)
TERVEYDEN JA HYVINVOINNIN LAITOS
Finland
EU contribution
€ 442 914
Address
Mannerheimintie 166
00271 Helsinki
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jaakko Penttinen (Mr.)