BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD) under BRAC University joined with an international research partnership led by economists from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) on the issue of tobacco control policies in Bangladesh, says a press release on Thursday.
According to BIGD, research teams working on the economics of tobacco taxes in 15 other countries are also currently part of the same collaboration.Dr Sultan Hafeez Rahman, executive director of BIGD, said the studies funded by UIC in Bangladesh through this collaboration will play a crucial role in influencing policies to control tobacco use.
Dr Frank Chaloupka of UIC heads the global team of economists while the collaboration focuses on the economics of tobacco and functions through a web-based platform called “Tobacconomics”.
The Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative’s main goals are to raise awareness of the harm caused by tobacco and assist low and middle-income countries to implement strong tobacco control policies and practices. UIC is a core partner of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use.