Health Costs Attributable to Smoking in Viet Nam

The burden of disease caused by smoking, and the medical and social costs associated with it, are not well quantified in low- and middle income countries. This is largely due to less systematic maintenance of medical records, and death and disease registries, and lower levels of chronic care services than in higher income countries. Nevertheless, small studies suggest that the burden is significant in Viet Nam.

This project aims to address the shortage of national evidence available to policymakers when considering the tobacco industry's contribution to (or drain on) the country's economy. Researchers will assess the burden of tobacco-caused disease in terms of medical costs and productivity losses using data from a variety of sources.

The research comes at an opportune time: a revision of the national tobacco control law is due in just over a year, and the government has a particular interest in the economic costs associated with high tobacco consumption. The findings will be used to promote stronger tobacco control policies in Viet Nam, and the methodology to inform similar work in other countries lacking primary data.

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Project status


Start Date

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

End Date

Thursday, May 31, 2012


15 months

IDRC Officer

Hallen, Greg

Total funding

CA$ 186,450


Far East Asia, Viet Nam, Central Asia, South Asia


Food, Environment, and Health

Project Leader

Pham Thi Hoang Anh


HealthBridge Foundation of Canada

Institution Country

Viet Nam

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