Croatia appears bang in the middle of the Nanny State Index league table with average taxes on beer and tobacco, very low tax on spirits and no duty on wine.

A comprehensive smoking ban was repealed in 2009 after damaging the hospitality industry and the current law is relatively liberal by European standards. Smoking is banned in restaurants but there are exemptions for small bars and larger premises can have ventilated smoking rooms. Croatia is one of the five EU countries to have a tobacco retail display ban.

There is no tax on e-cigarette fluid but vaping is banned indoors wherever smoking is banned.

Croatia takes a tough stance on advertising. Wine cannot be advertised in any broadcast media and spirits, e-cigarettes and tobacco cannot be advertised at all. There are no such restrictions on beer.

Bars in urban areas must close at midnight, but municipal, city or county authorities can issue permission to certain areas where bars can open longer (up to 2 am), or even restrict closing hours earlier than midnight.

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The Nanny State Index (NSI) is a league table of the worst places in the European Union to eat, drink, smoke and vape. The initiative was launched in March 2016 and was a media hit right across Europe. It is masterminded and led by IEA’s Christopher Snowdon with partners from all over Europe.

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Christopher Snowdon is the head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs. His research focuses on lifestyle freedoms, prohibition and policy-based evidence. He is a regular contributor to the Spectator Health blog and often appears on TV and radio discussing social and economic issues.

Snowdon’s work encompasses a diverse range of topics including ‘sin taxes’, state funding of charities, happiness economics, ‘public health’ regulation, gambling and the black market. Recent publications include ‘Drinking, Fast and Slow’‘The Proof of the Pudding: Denmark’s Fat Tax Fiasco’‘The Crack Cocaine of Gambling?’‘The Wages of Sin Taxes’‘Drinking in the Shadow Economy’‘Sock Puppets: How the government lobbies itself and why’ and ‘Closing Time: Who’s killing the British pub?’. He is also the author of ‘Selfishness, Greed and Capitalism’ (2015), ‘The Art of Suppression’ (2011), ‘The Spirit Level Delusion’ (2010), ‘Velvet Glove, Iron Fist’ (2009) and Killjoys (2017).


Croatia 2019

Croatia appears bang in the middle of the Nanny State Index league table with average taxes on beer and tobacco, very low tax on spirits and no duty on wine.

A comprehensive smoking ban was repealed in 2009 after damaging the hospitality industry and the current law is relatively liberal by European standards. Smoking is banned in restaurants but there are exemptions for small bars and larger premises can have ventilated smoking rooms. Croatia is one of the five EU countries to have a tobacco retail display ban.

There is no tax on e-cigarette fluid but vaping is banned indoors wherever smoking is banned.

Croatia takes a tough stance on advertising. Wine cannot be advertised in any broadcast media and spirits, e-cigarettes and tobacco cannot be advertised at all. There are no such restrictions on beer.

Bars in urban areas must close at midnight, but municipal, city or county authorities can issue permission to certain areas where bars can open longer (up to 2 am), or even restrict closing hours earlier than midnight.

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