Impact of Tobacco Taxes and Price Increases in Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus

Research aimed at policymakers in Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus will highlight how tobacco taxation policies can serve public health goals and reduce the burden of tobacco-related diseases and deaths.

Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus share similar demographics, health problems, and smoking patterns. High smoking rates are the most prominent risk factor for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in all three countries.

Tobacco taxation policies remain one of the most effective tobacco control measures for governments. Although each country has adopted tobacco control measures recently, knowledge gaps and barriers remain. The political will for implementing tough policies is not strong and policymakers are facing stiff opposition from tobacco companies.

This research will assess how different tobacco taxation scenarios will affect cigarette consumption, smoking prevalence, tobacco excise tax revenues, and tobacco smuggling, all of which directly or indirectly influence public health.

The information generated will also support efforts by tobacco control and health NGOs in each country to lobby governments for change.

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Start Date

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

End Date

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


12 months

IDRC Officer

Leppan, Wardie

Total funding

CA$ 57,300


Belarus, Europe, Russia, Ukraine


Food, Environment, and Health

Project Leader

Konstantin Krasovsky


Alcohol and Drug Information Center

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