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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. 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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The e-cigarette category includes product bans (up to 40 points), advertising restrictions (up to 10 points), taxes (10 points) and vaping bans (up to 40 points) with a total of 100 points available.

Product bans. Up to 40 points are given for bans on certain types of e-cigarettes and/or fluids. Full prohibition or the regulation of e-cigarettes as medical products would give 40 points, but e-cigarettes are now legal in all EU countries subject to different degrees of regulation. The EU has set limits on tank sizes, fluid strength, bottle size and several other product features, meaning that all TPD-compliant countries score at least 10 points. Further points are awarded for bans on flavours (up to 5 points), refillable e-cigarettes (5 points), cross-border sales (5 points), domestic mail order sales (2 points).

Advertising. Points are awarded according to the size and scope of advertising restrictions. All countries must ban most forms of e-cigarette advertising to comply with the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive and therefore score at least 6 points. Further points are awarded for bans on purely domestic e-cigarette advertising.

Tax. Countries which place a specific tax on e-cigarettes (in addition to standard sales tax) score up to 10 points. Points are awarded according to the size of the tax as a proportion of the highest tax, with the country with the highest tax scoring 10.

Vaping ban. Up to 40 points are awarded for bans and restrictions on e-cigarette use (vaping) in public places. In countries where vaping is classed as smoking for the purpose of smoking bans, the score from the smoking ban subcategory in the tobacco index is used.


E-Cigarettes

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Country Product ban (out of 40) Advertising (out of 10) Specific tax (out of 10) Indoor ban (out of 40) TOTAL
1 Finland 22 10 5 22.4 59.4
2 Hungary 20 10 3 25.6 58.6
3 Greece 15 10 2 23.2 50.2
4 Spain 15 6 0 27.2 48.2
5 Belgium 15 10 0 20.8 45.8
6 Portugal 15 7 10 12.8 44.8
7 Lithuania 15 9 0 20.8 44.8
8 Poland 15 9 0 19.2 43.4
9 Luxembourg 15 9 0 16 40
10 Latvia 15 6 1 15.2 37.2
11 Slovakia 10 10 0 12 32
12 Italy 15 6 6 0 27
13 Croatia 15 10 0 0 25
14 Romania 15 6 2 1 24
15 Slovenia 15 6 3 0 24
16 Austria 15 6 0 0 21
17 Bulgaria 15 6 0 0 21
18 Cyprus 15 6 0 0 21
19 Denmark 10 10 0 1 21
20 Germany 15 6 0 0 21
21 France 10 10 0 0 20
22 Malta 10 10 0 0 20
23 Czech Republic 10 6 0 0 16
24 Estonia 10 6 0 0 16
25 Ireland 10 6 0 0 16
26 Netherlands 10 6 0 0 16
27 UK 10 6 0 0 16
28 Sweden 0 10 0 0 10

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