An analysis of cheap cigarettes in South Africa

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Show simple item record Van der Zee, Kirsten Magadla, Sibahle Van Walbeek, Corné 2019-04-03T11:05:49Z 2019-04-03T11:05:49Z 2019-01
dc.identifier.citation Van der Zee, K., Magadla, S., Van Walbeek, C. (2019). An analysis of cheap cigarettes in South Africa. Cape Town: SALDRU, UCT. (SALDRU Working Paper Number 239, Version 1/ NIDS Discussion Paper 2019/6)
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-928516-00-2
dc.description.abstract Using wave 5 of the National Income Dynamics Study, conducted in 2017, this paper investigates the market for very low-priced cigarettes, which probably are illicit. We find that approximately 30% of cigarettes consumed in South Africa are bought for R20 or less per 20-pack. Low-priced cigarettes are found across all nine provinces and these products are consumed in substantial quantities across all racial and socio-economic groups. At the margin, purchase of very cheap cigarettes in South Africa is associated with lower socio-economic factors, such as having lower levels of income and educational attainment. Cheap cigarettes are also strongly associated with specific packaging types, specifically 20-packs and cartons of 200. As illicit cigarettes undermine both the fiscal and health agendas of tobacco taxation policy, we strongly urge the relevant authorities to implement measures to curb the illicit trade. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Funding for this research from the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation is gratefully acknowledged. We would like to thank Elizabeth Baldwin for her assistance in editing this document. Any errors or omissions are the authors’ own. This report was compiled at the request of the National Income Dynamics Study and does not reflect their views. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Saldru Working Paper;239
dc.title An analysis of cheap cigarettes in South Africa en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US

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