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.