WiP: Tobacco Reform in Georgia: Is it working?

CRRC, ARISC and American Councils are proud to present the 3rd talk of the 2020 Fall Series of the Tbilisi Works-in-Progress series, now celebrating its 10th year!

“Tobacco Reform in Georgia: Is it working?”

By Dustin Gilbreath, CRRC Georgia

Date: 23 September 2020
Venue: Given the continuing COVID19 situation, we will once again hold the Works-in-Progress session virtually. The Zoom link will be posted on Facebook WiP group on the day of the talk. Alternatively, you can RSVP to georgia[at]arisc.org

The Government of Georgia has taken numerous actions related to tobacco control in recent years, including extensive excise tax increases and multiple non-tax measures such as banning smoking in public places and advertising restrictions. Using Caucasus Barometer data from 2008, 2013, and 2019 this policy brief looks at tobacco consumption over time in Georgia to understand smoking prevalence and provide an assessment of whether tobacco policy is working. The data suggests policy changes between 2008 and 2013 lead to an 11 percentage point decline in the share of the male population smoking. The data for 2013 to 2019 is much more ambivalent, though there were potentially declines in the amount young people smoke as a result of anti-tobacco policies.

Dustin Gilbreath is the Deputy Research Director at CRRC Georgia, and lectures at Ilia State University and ISET.

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Although this presentation will take place in virtual format, in observation of the spirit of the Chatham House Rule to which the series generally adheres, the talk will not be recorded and we courteously request that the other participants refrain from recording and/or distributing it as well.
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WiP is an ongoing academic discussion series based in Tbilisi, Georgia, that normally takes place at the new office of CRRC at Liziko Kavtaradze St. 1. It is co-organized by the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, and the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC). All of the talks are free and open to the public.