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. The 2017 edition of the index was revealed during a full day conference in Brussels and featured high level discussions and debates between MEPs, industry experts, think tankers and regulators about the effects of regulation on health outcomes.
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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) and ‘Velvet Glove, Iron Fist’ (2009).
Alcohol advertising is largely permitted in Cyprus although television and radio advertisements cannot air in the daytime. Tobacco advertising is restricted to point of sale and cigarette vending machines are banned, but there is no display ban.
Smoking is banned in bars and restaurants but smoking areas are permitted. Smoking is also prohibited in cars carrying children under the age of 16. E-cigarettes can be sold and vaping is not banned indoors. A new smoking ban was proposed in September 2016 that would ban designated smoking areas and ban smoking (and vaping) in some outdoor settings. At the time of writing, this law has not come into effect.
Cyprus has no nanny state laws regulating food and soft drinks. Its tax on spirits is relatively low and it is one of fourteen EU countries to have no wine duty.