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We fund research that will persuade policy makers of the health and economic benefits that will result from tax measures and other policies that reduce tobacco consumption.  

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Researcher of the month: Corne van Walbeek

Corné is a Professor in Economics at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. His research is on the economics of tobacco control, and in particular how changes in the excise tax on tobacco can affect smoking. His research has focused on estimating price elasticities of demand, the importance of the tax structure on the effectiveness of the excise tax, the tobacco industry’s reaction to tax increases, and changes in different demographic groups' smoking patterns over time. Corne heads up the WHO FCTC Knowledge Hub, which CRUK is supporting.

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