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The 13th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health

Building capacity for a tobacco-free world

July 12-15, 2006, Washington, DC, USA

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 1:50 PM

Economics of Tobacco Capacity Building Research findings and FCTC ratification in China

Zhengzhong Mao, BS, Economics, Sichuan University, School of Public Health, 17#, the third section, Renmin Nanlu, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, 610041, China

Much of the tobacco control research in China has focused on tobacco's harm to the population's health. However, policymakers in China are seriously concerned about the possible negative economic impact of tobacco control, such as the economic welfare of tobacco farmers, employment states of tobacco industry, and government tax revenue of tobacco. The Fogarty project has been providing a bridge for researchers in the US and China to analyze the economics of the tobacco sector and provided findings to government policymakers through workshops and consultations. Our findings have been incorporated into the documentation for the Chinese People's Congress in its deliberation and ratification of FCTC during 2005. These research findings have shown that additional tobacco taxes in China would have a minimum negative effect on the Chinese economy.