Estimating the Impact of Tax or Price Measures on Tobacco Smoking Onset and Cessation

Project Researchers: Precious Akanonu
Current Project

The proposed study seeks to contribute to the scant literature on the impact of prices on smoking onset and cessation in LMICs by investigating the following research questions, with a focus on Nigeria:

  1. What is the impact of cigarette prices on smoking onset?
  2. What is the impact of cigarette prices on smoking cessation?

The study is designed to fill critical gaps in country-specific knowledge that can inform advocacy and influence the design and implementation of an effective tobacco control policy in Nigeria.

Controlling the tobacco epidemic is essential to attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), given the interconnectedness of tobacco use to many SDG targets, especially health (SDG 3) and economic empowerment (SDG 8) targets. Tobacco use is a threat to Nigeria’s ability to meet the SDG target, making the implementation of evidence-backed policy solutions a priority. The applied nature of the research focus aims to help inform and influence tobacco control measures in Nigeria, with much needed local evidence. Moreover, local evidence provides the context-specific information and tools that are needed to design policies and shape practice that improve public health equitably and generate government revenue to support health-promoting programmes.