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The Watching Brief series chronicles the most up-to-date data on smoking across the world. In the first of this series, Foundation economist Ayda Yurekli examines the current state of the Hungarian tobacco industry. From analyses of excise taxes to an investigation of illicit trade, this two-part Brief offers an illuminating look into the past, present, and future of smoking in Hungary.
Issue 1: In January of 2020, the Hungarian government significantly reduced its excise tax on e-cigarettes (ENDS), while it left heated tobacco product (HTP) excise taxes unchanged. We examine the potential impact of ENDS tax reduction on public health and government interests.
Issue 2: Hungary recently achieved a 9-percentage-point reduction in smoking prevalence – from 36% in 2005 to 27% and may set a target rate for being smoke-free in the near future.
In a paper @MarewaGlover co-authored, she explores how #tobaccocontrol initiatives ignore #indigenous communities. On #IndigenousPeoplesDay, read about the groups that have disproportionately high smoking rates and the potential solutions. https://bit.ly/3gvtYYI
Many governments in #LatinAmerica (including #Mexico, #Argentina, & #Brazil) have passed restrictive policies on safer #nicotine products. @VIDAdotNEWS hosted a panel discussion on the unintended consequences of strict regulations in Latin America.
Live right now: "Why Bans Are Not Best for Latin America"
Kevin McGirr, a professor with Community Health Systems at @UCSFNurse, joins Derek Yach (@swimdaily) on the Global Health Perspectives podcast. Kevin and Derek discuss the link between #mentalhealth conditions and #nicotine addiction. https://bit.ly/3gxAIFu
Overall, global #TobaccoControl research, policies, and interventions largely neglect issues specific to women. In a new paper, @a_solowoman analyzes how #gender-blind execution of the #FCTC negatively impacts #womenshealth. https://bit.ly/39YqyeA
The Dubrovnik Consultation brought together top economists and legal experts from various geographies to identify areas for #tobaccoharmreduction #regulation. The expert contributions that support public health goals are summarized here: https://bit.ly/3i7QiZ2
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