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Teh-wei Hu, PhD


Teh-wei Hu, PhD, is director of PHI's Center for International Tobacco Control. Hu's areas of expertise are the application of econometrics to health care services research, mental health economics and the economics of tobacco control.

Hu is the author of more than 200 publications. His work on tobacco control economics has appeared in the Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, the American Journal of Public Health, Tobacco Control, the Journal of Public Finance, the National Tax Journal and other publications. He is the editor of the book "Tobacco Control Policy Analysis in China: Economics and Health."

Hu is also professor emeritus of health economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He has worked on the staff of the World Bank and been a professor of economics at Pennsylvania State University and a Fulbright visiting professor at Nankai University in China. He has served as a consultant to the World Bank, the World Health Organization and the governments of Hong Kong and Taiwan and as a senior policy advisor to the Chinese Ministry of Health.

Hu received the Carl Taube Award from the American Public Health Association for his contribution to mental health services research. He received his PhD in economics from the University of Wisconsin.

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.

Economics of Tobacco Control in China (2016)

Nearly 370 million people in China smoke; about one-third of all smokers in the world are in China; and about 1.2 million deaths in China are attri...

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Women in Tobacco Farming: Health, Equality and Empowerment (2016)

The "Women in Tobacco Farming: Health, Equality and Empowerment" study was conducted in three tobacco producing countries: China, Tanzani...

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A Clustered Randomized Controlled Trial to Reduce Secondhand Smoke Exposure among Non-smoking Pregnant Women in Sichuan Province, China (2015)

A health education intervention for non-smoking pregnant women in China’s Sichuan province, conducted by researchers from PHI's Center fo...

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Law & Policy

The Public Health Institute believes in the power of laws and policies to improve public health outcomes by changing community environments to bett...

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Public Policy Development

The Public Health Institute believes in the importance of research- and community-based approaches to policy development. PHI produces forward...

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Despite major gains in the tobacco control and prevention movement, tobacco use is still the leading preventable cause of death in the United State...

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