Tobacco Control Capacity Programme


Key events from Tobacco Control Capacity Programme.

Past Events

February 2022 – Final event


Findings from population surveys on tobacco use and tobacco control in Africa and South Asia

Date: 15 December 2021


This webinar will provide results from several population surveys of smoking and tobacco product use in The Gambia, Ghana, Ethiopia and Pakistan as part of, or linked to, the Tobacco Control Capacity Programme. These surveys also examined awareness of and response to tobacco control measures. The studies involved a variety of different groups and employed different research methods. Challenges in conducting this research will be outlined as well as findings and implications for policy and practice.


Dr Arti Singh Faculty Member & Public Health Physician, KNUST, Ghana

Dr Amina Khan Public Health Consultant and Executive Director, The Initiative, Pakistan

Ms Selamawit Hirpa Research Fellow, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Dr Bai Cham Research Fellow, MRC Unit, The Gambia


Professor Linda Bauld, OBE, The University of Edinburgh

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Estimating the impact of tobacco tax and price measures on tobacco affordability, demand and consumption in South Africa and India: preliminary findings and research challenges

Date: 29 September 2021


Please join us for the third seminar in the Tobacco Control Capacity Programme seminar series.

Raising tobacco taxes is one of the most effective measures for reducing the consumption of tobacco products. However, it is also one of the least embraced tobacco control measures, especially in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). This can be partially attributable to the scarcity of context-specific studies on the relationship between tobacco tax/price and affordability, demand and/or consumption in LMICs. Conducting such studies in these countries also presents a number of challenges. 

This seminar will present preliminary findings from recent primary and secondary research studies to further our understanding of the impact of tobacco tax and price measures in India and South Africa. We will also reflect on the challenges faced when conducting these studies, how these challenges were overcome, and lessons learned to inform future work in this important area.


Dr Chengetai Dare, REEP, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Ms Radhika Nayak, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India

Dr Nitika Sharma, HRIDAY, New Delhi, India

Dr Aastha Chugh, HRIDAY, New Delhi, India

Chair: Professor Corne van Walbeek, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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Estimating the extent of illicit tobacco trade in Bangladesh, Ghana, and Pakistan: preliminary findings and methodological reflections

Date: 22 June 2021 09:30 - 10:30


The second seminar in the Tobacco Control Capacity Programme seminar series, focusing on illicit tobacco trade. One of the most effective tobacco control policies is to increase tobacco taxation. However, a consistent argument put forward by the Tobacco Industry is that this will drive up consumption and trade of illicit tobacco. Estimates of the true extent of illicit tobacco trade vary and are often overinflated by the industry. Governments require independent and valid estimates of the extent of illicit cigarette trade to implement effective tobacco control. This seminar will present preliminarily findings from recent empirical research to further our understanding of the extent of illicit tobacco trade in Bangladesh, Ghana, and Pakistan. Conducting research in this area is complex and a range of novel methods were used in these studies. We will reflect on the lessons learned from these studies to inform future work in this area. 


S M Abdullah, Research Fellow (Honorary) with the ARK Foundation, Bangladesh, will present: 'Estimating the magnitude of Illicit Cigarette sold as retail in Bangladesh: Findings from Retail Pack Survey'

Dr. Arti Singh, Senior Lecturer and Public Health Physician, with the School of Public Health, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana will present: 'Findings from retailer survey and stakeholder interviews on the nature and estimate extent of illicit tobacco trade in Ghana'.

Dr Amina Khan, Public Health Consultant, based at The Initiative, Islamabad, Pakistan will present: 'Findings from Studying Tobacco users of Pakistan (STOP) Survey-Comparison between the Consumer and Waste Recycle Stores regarding estimates of the Illicit Cigarette Trade in the 10 most populous cities of Pakistan'.

Chair: Linda Bauld, Bruce and John Usher Chair of Public Health, Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh

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23 February 2021 - webinar – Article 5.3 and the governance of tobacco control: Understanding barriers to effective implementation

15 September 2020 – webinar – Covid-19 and Tobacco Control in Africa: Findings from a rapid response project in Ethiopia, Ghana and Uganda

TCCP Webinar 15.09.21 Invite

21 May 2020 – webinar – Covid-19 and Tobacco: Integrating communicable and non-communicable disease responses