Welcome to the second 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).
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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).
Romania regulates alcohol advertising quite heavily
with a ban on spirits commercials on television before 10pm. Beer and wine can be advertised at any time.
Relative to Romania’s low GDP, tobacco taxes are high and there is a ban on cigarette vending machines. On March 17th 2016, Romania introduced one of Europe’s toughest bans on smoking in workplaces, including all bars and restaurants. Only airports and prisons are exempt. After protests from the public, parliament looked at amending the ban to provide designated smoking sections but this was rejected in October.
Vaping is not included in the new smoking ban but it is banned on public transport. E-cigarettes are legal to buy, but 2016 saw the introduction of an e-cigarette tax of €0.10 per ml of fluid. Cross-border sales of e-cigarette fluid are banned.
With thanks to Dino Landa