Political Economy of Tobacco Control in SE Asia

Supported by an NIH Fogarty grant, this project led by Duke University, the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance and the American Cancer Society identified the illicit trade of tobacco as a key initial focus for our collaboration. Applying value chain analysis to tobacco, the project is now building the foundation for further work on the political economy of tobacco control in the region. The project’s work and research collaborators span seven ASEAN bloc countries:  Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

Findings from the first wave of research are reaching publication stage and supporting the policy process for tobacco control. For example, an overview of the research work appeared in the FCA bulletin during the COP-5 meeting in Seoul, Korea, in November 2012.

Dr. Ryan Denniston, Program Research Associate, and Professor Anthony So attend the WHO/Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) Consultation on Tobacco and Trade issues in Manila, Philippines in July 2012.

Dr. Ryan Denniston, Program Research Associate, and Professor Anthony So attend the WHO/Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) Consultation on Tobacco and Trade issues in Manila, Philippines in July 2012.

Regional researchers in tobacco control attend a capacity-building workshop for the NIH Fogarty project in Siem Reap, Cambodia in June 2011.

Regional researchers in tobacco control attend a capacity-building workshop for the NIH Fogarty project in Siem Reap, Cambodia in June 2011.

Dr. Lina Foong from the Universiti sains Malaysia and Professor Mike Bowling from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill lead a discussion of household survey research findings measuring illicit trade of tobacco in three ASEAN countries.

Dr. Lina Foong from the Universiti sains Malaysia and Professor Mike Bowling from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill lead a discussion of household survey research findings measuring illicit trade of tobacco in three ASEAN countries.