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Center for International Tobacco Control

In Asia, the two largest consumers of tobacco are China and Indonesia, together representing 412 million smokers. The Center for International Tobacco Control (CITC) was established in 2006 to conduct research studies and programs to address the tobacco problem in these two countries. CITC promotes effective tobacco tax policy and tobacco policy alternatives; works on tobacco farming issues and crop substitution; promotes public education around tobacco; promotes smoke-free environments; and trains local tobacco control researchers.

Program Director(s)

Teh-wei Hu

Program Site



Landscape Analysis of Tobacco Farming

Under this contract, a report will be created consisting of a landscape analysis of tobacco farming with special emphasis on China, Indonesia and three African nations. The report will address background and significance; the current program to address the issues; and adovcacy and research needs. 

Tobacco Control Policy Analysis & Evaluation in China and Tanzania


The Public Health Institute will continue research into the effects of tobacco tax policy and smoke-free places regulation, and the impacts of smoking on government rural health care expenditures in China.  In Tanzania, PHI will develop tobacco control research into the economic cost of smoking; the impact tobacco tax would have on consumption and into the economic return of tobacco farming.  This project will also build local tobacco research capacity, and convene policy working groups and conferences in both countries.

Tobacco Control Policy Analysis & Intervention Evaluation in China and Indonesia

To advance tobacco control in China and Indonesia, the Public Health Institute will lead a consortium of institutions in developing and strengthening tobacco control research in both countries. Specific activities include training additional tobacco control researchers and engaging key Chinese and Indonesian policymakers through working groups and conferences.

Women in Tobacco Farming: Health, Equality and Empowerment

The overall objective of this study is to provide evidence-based findings for the Foundation to identify opportunities and strategies to improve women’s economic and health condition and to address gender inequality in the context of tobacco farming.

Here's How We're Making a Difference

Turning Cutting-Edge Tobacco Research into Sound Health Policy

PHI’s Center for International Tobacco Control (CITC) called for a 1-yuan (US $0.15) cigarette tax increase in China after its research projected that this would cause 4 million smokers to quit and save 1 million lives. CITC’s recommendation was adopted by the WHO, the Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Bank.