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Hana Ross, PhD
Managing Director

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Hana Ross earned her B.A. and M.A. at the Prague School of Economics. In 2000, she received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has over twelve years’ experience in conducting research on the economics of tobacco control and in management of research projects in low and middle income countries, including projects funded by the World Bank, WHO, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Open Society Institute, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the European Commission, the Bloomberg Global Initiative, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Ross joined the American Cancer Society’s Intramural Research Department in 2006 and currently serves as a managing director of the International Tobacco Control Research Program. 

She published more than 50 articles and independent reports on issues related to tobacco taxation, cigarette prices, costs of smoking, illicit trade, youth access laws and other economic aspects of tobacco control. She also co-authored the third edition of Tobacco Atlas. Her current research projects focus on the economic impact of tobacco control interventions in Southeast Asia, in former Soviet Republics, in Eastern and Central Europe, and in Africa. She is also interested in the economic impact of smokeless tobacco use, in behavioral economics, and in the overall economic impact of noncommunicable diseases. Dr. Ross currently supports several research capacity building projects primarily focusing on Southeast Asia and Africa.


Email:  hana.ross@cancer.org


Selected Publications:

  1. Ross H, Stoklosa M.  Development assistance for global tobacco control. Tob Control. 2012 Sep;21(5):465-70.  Epub 2011 Jun 15.
  2. Ross H, Joossens L, Chaloupka F. Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion. In Effectiveness of Tax and Price Policies for Tobacco Control. Lyon: International Agency for Research on Cancer;2011.
  3. Ross H, Stoklosa M, Krasovsky K. Economic and public health impact of 2007-2010 tobacco tax increases in Ukraine. Tob Control. 2011 Jun 14. [Epub ahead of print]
  4. Ross H, Blecher E, Yan L, Cummings KM. Predictors of what smokers say they will do in response to future price increases.  Findings from the International Tobacco Control (ITC) Four Country Survey. Nicotine Tob Res. 2011 Jun;13(6):419-25. Epub 2011 Mar 8.
  5. Ross H, Blecher E, Yan L, Hyland A. Do cigarette prices motivate smokers to quit? New evidence from the ITC survey. Addiction. 2011 Mar;106(3):609-19. doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2010.03192.x. Epub 2010 Nov 9.