The HSPH China Initiative, in conjunction with the Tsinghua University School of Public Policy in Beijing, has launched a program exploring the feasibility of a tobacco tax – a strategy that has proven effective in reducing use in other countries. A proposed tobacco tax earmarked to fund healthcare reform will be analyzed from political, economic, and technical angles. Researchers will then offer comprehensive policy recommendations to the Chinese government.
The project received funding in the fall from the Bloomberg Global Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use. Researchers held a workshop in Beijing in October which was attended by representatives of the Chinese government, the WHO, and the World Bank.