World Health Organization Collaborating Center

IHRP’s Health Policy Center is a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center, designated by WHO to carry out activities in support of the Organization’s programs and the first to specialize in the economics of tobacco control.

Under the direction of Frank Chaloupka, PhD, this center supports the WHO Tobacco Free Initiative (WHO/TFI) with these aims:

  1. Provide technical support for research assessing the economic impact of smoke-free policies in selected countries in the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
  2. Provide technical support for evaluating the potential impact of tobacco tax increases in selected PAHO countries.
  3. In collaboration with WHO/TFI economists, conduct research assessing the extent of illicit trade globally, regionally, and in priority countries
  4. In collaboration with WHO/TFI economists, analyze the potential impact of proposed European Union guidelines for tobacco taxation.
  5. Lead the editorial development of and contribute to the WHO-National Cancer Institute monograph on the economics of tobacco and tobacco control.
  6. Prepare a toolkit for the economic analysis of the Global Adult Tobacco Survey data.
  7. In collaboration with WHO/TFI economists, develop tax and price technical documents.
  8. Participate in dissemination and training workshops in selected countries.