Making Tobacco Taxation Work in Vietnam
Tobacco is a significant contributor to the rising global burden of non-communicable diseases. The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the implementation of which is a specific target (3.a) of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, recognizes that raising taxes is the most cost-effective tobacco control measure. However, this measure remains under-used in many countries.
This project proposes that by generating Vietnamese evidence on the effect of tax increases on the rate of tobacco consumption, policymakers will have the rigorous quantitative tools necessary to set effective tax rates. The researchers will also assess how the tobacco industry shifts its marketing and pricing strategy in response to the increase in taxes, particularly impacts in different income groups and gender.
The analysis will be used to prevent leakages in the current taxation system and to support taxation reform to reduce smoking-related inequalities in Vietnam. The project will be implemented by the Development and Policies Research Centre, an economic think tank in Vietnam.
This project is funded through the Economics of Tobacco Control Research Initiative, a five-year co-funding partnership between IDRC and Cancer Research UK that was launched in October 2017.