STARTED: Incubation Program June-August 2023
SEED GRANT: $93,000
MONEY FUNDRAISED TO DATE (SEPT 2023): $93,000
TEAM SIZE (AUG 2023): 2 FT
Preventing and controlling noncommunicable diseases through data-driven policymaking.
CURRENT OR PREDICTED IMPACT:
We estimate 160,000 to 262,000 DALYs could be averted by increasing national tobacco taxes in a high-burden country. Some of the non-health benefits of reduced tobacco consumption include increased government revenue for other services, increased household disposable income (which often is used on education and nutrition), increased GDP (through decreased healthcare costs and increased productivity), and less pollution (cigarette butts are the most littered item in the world).
For our pilot, we estimate a 20 percentage point tax increase on tobacco would have an expected cost-effectiveness of 50 to 300 USD per DALY averted. A policy win in these countries would range from 20 to 100 USD per DALY averted. In a higher-burden country, these estimates range from 11 to 37 and 2 to 10 USD per DALY, respectively.
Research conducted by Charity Entrepreneurship, the Centre for Exploratory Altruism Research, and Concentric Policies has projected the expected value of health taxes (on tobacco, alcohol, and sugar) and sodium reformulation to be above or on par with GiveWell’s cost-effectiveness bar.