Economics of Tobacco Control in China: From Policy Research to Practice by Teh-wei Hu

Economics of Tobacco Control in China: From Policy Research to Practice

byTeh-wei Hu

Kobo ebook | June 10, 2016

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Nearly 370 million people in China smoke; about one-third of all smokers in the world are in China; and about 1.2 million deaths in China are attributable to smoking. The death toll is expected to reach 2.2 million in 2030 if no smoking intervention programs are implemented. Taxation on tobacco products is one of the most effective tobacco control programs. This book addresses not only why China should raise cigarette tax, but also how to raise the tobacco tax, by providing decision makers with relevant research findings and quantitative estimate about the impact of raising the tobacco tax. It documents how these research findings were communicated to the Chinese government officials, and how, finally, tobacco tax was raised 10 years after China's ratification of the WHO Frame Work Convention on Tobacco Control Treaty.

The purposes of this book are (1) to inform economists, public health professionals, and policymakers about the economic consequences of smoking, (2) to provide the essential economics (particularly related to taxation) and public health information upon which to build the specifics of the taxation policy that is adopted, (3) to identify barriers, challenges, and recommendations for the Chinese government, and (4) to describe how research findings can be disseminated and communicated successfully to Chinese government policy makers. It is a must read for researchers who are interested in China's tobacco control efforts and in how to communicating their findings to the policy makers. It could also be useful for tobacco control professionals, researchers and policy makers in other countries.


  • Preface

    List of Contributors


  • Economic Costs of Smoking:

    • Economic Costs Attributable to Smoking in China: Update and an 8-year Comparison, 2000–2008 (Lian Yang, Hai-Yen Sung, Zhengzhong Mao, Teh-wei Hu and Keqin Rao)
    • Secondhand Smoke Exposure at Home in Rural China (Tingting Yao, Hai-Yen Sung, Zhengzhong Mao, Teh-wei Hu and Wendy Max)
    • The Healthcare Costs of Secondhand Smoke Exposure in Rural China (Tingting Yao, Hai-Yen Sung, Zhengzhong Mao, Teh-wei Hu and Wendy Max)
  • Demand for Cigarette Consumption:

    • Quantity, Quality, and Regional Price Variation of Cigarettes: Demand Analysis Based on a Household Survey in China (Yuyu Chen and Weibo Xing )
    • The Effect of Cigarette Prices on Brand-Switching in China: A Longitudinal Analysis of Data from the ITC China Survey (Justin S White, Jing Li, Teh-wei Hu, Geoffrey T Fong and Jiang Yuan)
    • The Heterogeneous Effects of Cigarette Prices on Brand Choice in China: Implications for Tobacco Control Policy (Jing Li, Justin S White, Teh-wei Hu, Geoffrey T Fong and Jiang Yuan)
    • The Epidemic of Cigarette Gifting: A Social Barrier to Tobacco Control in China (Xiulan Zhang, Steve Lin and Teh-wei Hu)
  • Tobacco Taxation System and Its Reform Impact:

    • The Role of Taxation in Tobacco Control and Its Potential Economic Impact in China (Teh-wei Hu, Zhengzhong Mao, Jian Shi and Wendong Chen)
    • Recent Tobacco Tax Rate Adjustment and Its Potential Impact on Tobacco Control in China (Teh-wei Hu, Zhengzhong Mao and Jian Shi)
    • Can Increases in the Cigarette Tax Rate be Linked to Cigarette Retail Prices? Solving Mysteries Related to the Cigarette Pricing Mechanism in China (Song Gao, Rong Zheng and Teh-wei Hu)
    • The Potential Effects of Tobacco Control in China: Projections from the China SimSmoke Simulation Model (David Levy, Ricardo L Rodríguez-Buño Teh-wei Hu and Andrew E Moran)
    • The Consequences of Tobacco Tax on Household Health and Finances in Rich and Poor Smokers in China: An Extended Cost-Effectiveness Analysis (Stéphane Verguet, Cindy L Gauvreau, Sujata Mishra, Mary MacLennan, Shane M Murphy, Elizabeth D Brouwer, Rachel A Nugent, Kun Zhao, Prabhat Jha and Dean T Jamison)
  • Tobacco Control in China: Barriers, Challenges and Recommendations:

    • WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in China: Barriers, Challenges and Recommendations (Teh-wei Hu, Anita H Lee and Zhengzhong Mao)
    • Tobacco Control in China: From Policy Research to Practice and the Way Forward (Teh-wei Hu and Xiulan Zhang)

Readership: Students, researchers and readers who are interested in learning more about tobacco control in China and how to effectively communicate research findings to China's policymakers.
Key Features:

  • This book focuses on the number one public health issue in China which is the high smoking prevalence rate, and addresses why and how Chinese government should raise the tobacco tax to reduce smoking and smoking-related deaths
  • This book provides rigorous economic and quantitative analysis for tobacco control policy recommendations
  • This book has documented how to dissimilate research findings to government officials and the media, and has led to the actual implementation of the policy
Title:Economics of Tobacco Control in China: From Policy Research to PracticeFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 10, 2016Publisher:World Scientific Publishing CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9813108738

ISBN - 13:9789813108738