As we continue to emphasize at the Tobacco Atlas, the supposed threat of illicit trade in tobacco products continues to be an obstacle to tobacco control generally and improved (i.e., increased!) tobacco excise taxation specifically. One of the tactics that the tobacco industry uses to great success is to provide unsubstantiated overestimates of illicit trade in tobacco products to frighten governments from taking action (see these examples from Europe). Fortunately, researchers are fighting back with rigorous and transparent estimates that are giving governments the confidence to make these changes (see two recent examples from Mexico and Chile).
With all of this in mind, Tobacconomics and Cancer Research UK hosted a webinar featuring a recently released supplement in the journal, Tobacco Control, entitled: Measuring Illicit Trade in Tobacco in Low- and Middle-Income Countries . It will be on October 21, 2020 at 8:00 AM EDT / 12:00 PM UTC.
Several of the authors from the supplement will present their original research on illicit trade in Georgia, Mongolia, Vietnam, South Africa, and the Gambia.
We post the video recording of the webinar below