This is the first edition of the Nanny State Index, a league table of the worst places in the European Union to eat, drink, smoke and vape. The Nanny State Index is an initiative from the European Policy Information Center (EPICENTER).
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).
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|Country||Prohibition (40)||Advertising (out of 10)||E-cigarette tax (10)||Indoor vaping ban (40)||TOTAL (100)||WEIGHTED (16.7)|
The e-cigarette category includes de facto or de jure prohibition (40 points), advertising restrictions (up to 10 points), tax (10 points) and vaping bans (up to 40 points) with a total of 100 points available.
Prohibition. A country scores 40 points if it is illegal to sell nicotine-containing e-cigarettes or refills. In several countries, this has happened because e-cigarettes or refills are classified as medical products for which no licence has been granted.
Advertising. Points are awarded according to the size and scope of advertising restrictions. 10 points are awarded for a total ban.
Tax. Countries which place a specific tax on e-cigarettes (in addition to standard sales tax) score 10 points.
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.