Cigarette Taxation in Tanzania

Tobacco consumption in Tanzania rose by 20% between 2002 and 2007, and is predicted to increase by a further 46% by 2016. The impact of this increase in consumption on public health and economic development is likely to be serious. Experience elsewhere has shown that the single most effective way to reverse this trend is to increase taxes on cigarettes. However, policymakers need evidence that this is true for Tanzania.

This project will endeavor to demonstrate that taxing cigarettes can reduce consumption while increasing government revenue. Researchers will build a model of the demand for cigarettes, establishing the relationship between the price of cigarettes and consumption. They will use the research results to convince policymakers to raise cigarette taxes to a level that will result in reduced use. At the same time, they will create a toolkit for the collection and analysis of data that can serve as a model for other countries in the region.

Project ID

103440

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Friday, September 25, 2009

End Date

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Duration

12 months

IDRC Officer

Leppan, Wardie

Total funding

CA$ 42,300

Countries

Tanzania, North of Sahara, South of Sahara

Program

Food, Environment, and Health

Project Leader

Evan Blecher

Institution

American Cancer Society, Inc.

Institution Country

United States

Institution Website

http://www.cancer.org