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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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Criteria

The tobacco category includes taxation (30%), advertising (10%), smoking ban (30%) and other (30%).

Taxation. Calculated in a similar way to alcohol taxation (see above). Tax rates are taken from the European Commission and adjusted for purchasing power. The highest taxing country scores 100. Other countries are scored as a percentage of the highest tax.

Advertising. Scored out of 10. A total ban scores 10 points, a total ban except at point of sale scores 9 points. If other advertising is permitted, a lower score is awarded, but all TPD-compliant countries score at least 6 points.

Smoking ban. Divided into five subcategories, each scoring up to 10 points. These are: bar, restaurant, workplace, cars and outdoors. Points are awarded according to the size and scope of the ban with the final score out of 50 adjusted to make it a score out of 30.

Other. Divided into five subcategories: plain packaging (10 points), retail display ban (10 points), oral tobacco (‘snus’) prohibition (5 points) and vending machine ban (5 points).


Tobacco

least free less free freer freest
   Country Tax (out of 30) Advertising (out of 10) Packaging (out of 10) Display ban (out of 10) Smoking ban (out of 30) Vending (out of 5) Snus (out of 5) Grand Total (out of 100)
1 UK 30 10 10 10 21 5 5 91
Ireland 20.4 10 10 10 19.8 0 5 75.2
France 19.2 9 10 0 15.6 5 5 63.8
Finland 15.6 10 0 10 16.8 5 5 62.4
Greece 15.6 9 0 8 17.4 5 5 60
Croatia 14.1 10 0 10 12.6 5 5 56.7
Romania 15.9 9 0 0 18 5 5 52.9
Bulgaria 16.5 7 0 0 19.2 5 5 52.7
Malta 17.1 10 0 0 19.8 0 5 51.9
10  Hungary 12.6 9 0 0 19.2 5 5 50.8
11  Spain 14.1 9 0 0 20.4 0 5 48.5
12  Poland 13.2 9 0 0 14.4 5 5 46.6
13  Lithuania 10.8 9 0 0 15.6 5 5 45.4
14  Latvia 13.5 10 0 0 11.4 5 5 44.9
15  Cyprus 14.7 9 0 0 10.2 5 5 43.9
16  Italy 13.5 9 0 0 16.2 0 5 43.7
17  Slovenia 12 9 0 0 12.6 5 5 43.6
18  Belgium 13.2 9 0 0 15.6 0 5 42.8
19  Estonia 13.2 9 0 0 10.2 5 5 42.4
20  Netherlands 13.2 9 0 0 12.6 0 5 39.8
21  Slovakia 11.7 9 0 0 9 5 5 39.7
22  Portugal 15.6 9 0 0 9.6 0 5 39.2
23  Denmark 12 9 0 0 9.6 0 5 35.6
24  Sweden 12.3 9 0 0 12.6 0 0 33.9
25  Austria 10.2 9 0 0 9 0 5 33.2
26  Germany 11.7 6 0 0 9 0 5 31.7
27  Luxembourg 4.2 9 0 0 12 0 5 30.2
28  Czech Republic 9.9 9 0 0 3 0 5 26.9
 

Tobacco Taxation

least free less free freer freest
 
Country< Excise (euros) 1000 cigs Excise (20 cigs) PPS GDP Divide by PPS x 100 % of highest (30 points) – 0.3x%=
1 UK 353.19 7.06 110 6.42 100 30
2 Ireland 316.49 6.33 145 4.37 68 20.4
3 France 216.47 4.33 106 4.08 64 19.2
4 Malta 161.48 3.23 89 3.63 57 17.1
5 Bulgaria 81.83 1.64 46 3.56 55 16.5
6 Romania 97.54 1.95 57 3.42 53 15.9
7 Finland 181.05 3.62 108 3.35 52 15.6
8 Greece 119.58 2.39 71 3.37 52 15.6
9 Portugal 127.32 2.55 77 3.31 52 15.6
10 Cyprus 126.57 2.53 81 3.12 49 14.7
11 Croatia 87.04 1.74 58 3 47 14.1
12 Spain 137.32 2.75 92 2.99 47 14.1
13 Italy 136.77 2.74 95 2.88 45 13.5
14 Latvia 92.32 1.85 64 2.89 45 13.5
15 Belgium 165.92 3.32 117 2.84 44 13.2
16 Estonia 104.05 2.08 74 2.81 44 13.2
17 Netherlands 181.58 3.63 129 2.81 44 13.2
18 Poland 97.88 1.96 69 2.84 44 13.2
19 Hungary 92.48 1.85 68 2.72 42 12.6
20 Sweden 162.79 3.26 123 2.65 41 12.3
21 Denmark 161.24 3.23 124 2.6 40 12
22 Slovenia 106 2.12 83 2.55 40 12
23 Germany 156.11 3.12 125 2.5 39 11.7
24 Slovakia 95.95 1.92 77 2.49 39 11.7
25 Lithuania 85.31 1.71 74 2.31 36 10.8
26 Austria 137.44 2.75 127 2.16 34 10.2
27 Czech Republic 90.97 1.82 85 2.14 33 9.9
28 Luxembourg 121.02 2.42 271 0.89 14 4.2
 

Smoking Bans

least free less free freer freest
 
Country Bar (Out of 10) Restaurant (Out of 10) Workplace (Out of 10) Vehicles (Out of 10) Outdoors (Out of 10) Total (Out of 50) Weight (30)(n/50)x30
1 UK 10 10 10 3 2 35 21
2 Spain 10 10 10 0 4 34 20.4
3 Ireland 10 10 10 3 0 33 19.8
4 Malta 10 10 10 3 0 33 19.8
5 Bulgaria 10 10 10 0 2 32 19.2
6 Hungary 10 10 10 0 2 32 19.2
7 Romania 10 10 10 0 0 30 18
8 Greece 8 10 10 1 0 29 17.4
9 Finland 8 8 8 2 2 28 16.8
10 Italy 8 8 8 2 1 27 16.2
11 Belgium 8 8 8 0 2 26 15.6
12 France 8 8 8 0 2 26 15.6
13 Lithuania 8 10 5 2 1 26 15.6
14 Poland 8 8 8 0 0 24 14.4
15 Croatia 5 10 5 0 1 21 12.6
16 Netherlands 7 7 7 0 0 21 12.6
17 Slovenia 7 7 7 0 0 21 12.6
18 Sweden 7 7 7 0 0 21 12.6
19 Luxembourg 6 7 7 0 0 20 12
20 Latvia 5 5 5 0 4 19 11.4
21 Cyprus 5 5 5 2 0 17 10.2
22 Estonia 5 5 5 2 0 17 10.2
23 Denmark 5 5 5 0 1 16 9.6
24 Portugal 5 5 5 0 1 16 9.6
25 Austria 5 5 5 0 0 15 9
26 Germany 5 5 5 0 0 15 9
27 Slovakia 5 5 5 0 0 15 9
28 Czech Republic 0 0 5 0 0 5 3

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