Slovenia has endured several years of creeping authoritarianism in the field of lifestyle regulation. The government passed the Restriction of the Use of Tobacco and Related Products Act in February 2017, legislating for plain packaging (due to be introduced January 2020), a total ban on tobacco advertising, a display ban and a licensing regime for retailers.

Since March 2017, e-cigarettes have been regulated as tobacco products. This bans vaping wherever smoking is banned and prohibits the cross-border sale of e-cigarette products. E-cigarette advertising is also subject to a tobacco-style ban. A €0.18 per ml tax on e-cigarette fluid was introduced in April 2016 with the explicit aim of discouraging smokers from switching to vaping.

Cigarette vending machines are banned nationwide and it is illegal to ‘show and use tobacco, tobacco products and related products on television and in public performances intended for persons younger than 18’. On the plus side, Slovenia has stopped short of introducing the kind of draconian smoking ban that is common in Anglo-Saxon countries. It allows designated smoking rooms of up to twenty per cent of the surface area of the premises, although patrons cannot bring food or drink into them.

 Slovenia has entirely banned advertising for alcoholic drinks which are above 15 per cent ABV. Commercials for beer and wine, if below 15 per cent, can be broadcast on TV and radio between 9.30pm and 7am, and in cinemas after 10 pm. No advertising of alcoholic products is permitted on billboards within 300 metres of a school or kindergarten. Beer taxes are high but there is no wine duty and taxes on spirits are close to the EU average.

The government has passed little legislation under the pretext of obesity prevention although food vending machines are banned in schools.

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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).


Slovenia 2019

Slovenia has endured several years of creeping authoritarianism in the field of lifestyle regulation. The government passed the Restriction of the Use of Tobacco and Related Products Act in February 2017, legislating for plain packaging (due to be introduced January 2020), a total ban on tobacco advertising, a display ban and a licensing regime for retailers.

Since March 2017, e-cigarettes have been regulated as tobacco products. This bans vaping wherever smoking is banned and prohibits the cross-border sale of e-cigarette products. E-cigarette advertising is also subject to a tobacco-style ban. A €0.18 per ml tax on e-cigarette fluid was introduced in April 2016 with the explicit aim of discouraging smokers from switching to vaping.

Cigarette vending machines are banned nationwide and it is illegal to ‘show and use tobacco, tobacco products and related products on television and in public performances intended for persons younger than 18’. On the plus side, Slovenia has stopped short of introducing the kind of draconian smoking ban that is common in Anglo-Saxon countries. It allows designated smoking rooms of up to twenty per cent of the surface area of the premises, although patrons cannot bring food or drink into them.

 Slovenia has entirely banned advertising for alcoholic drinks which are above 15 per cent ABV. Commercials for beer and wine, if below 15 per cent, can be broadcast on TV and radio between 9.30pm and 7am, and in cinemas after 10 pm. No advertising of alcoholic products is permitted on billboards within 300 metres of a school or kindergarten. Beer taxes are high but there is no wine duty and taxes on spirits are close to the EU average.

The government has passed little legislation under the pretext of obesity prevention although food vending machines are banned in schools.

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