Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

Economics publications

Latest publications

  • The economic and health benefits of tobacco taxation
    The publication produced by the Tobacco Free Initiative of the World Health Organization and the Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, highlights the importance of tobacco control in the post-2015 development agenda, and the potential for higher taxes on tobacco products to act as a large funding source for governments.

  • Systematic review of the link between tobacco and poverty
    This publication provides an update to the Systematic review of the link between tobacco and poverty published by WHO in 2011. It aims to reassess the difference in smoking prevalence across socioeconomic status categories. The new results confirm again that tobacco prevalence increases as income level goes down.

  • WHO engagement with Member States on tobacco taxation
    The World Health Organization (WHO) has engaged with Ministry of Finance (MoF) officials from a large number of countries around the world to provide technical assistance to Member States on tobacco taxation. This document summarizes the country-level engagements, regional and country tax seminars and meetings since 2007, and recent outcomes in 2012– 2013 and 2013–2014 in tobacco tax policy changes in the countries that WHO has provided support.