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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About the Editor

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).

Slovenia 2017

Slovenia has entirely banned advertising for alcoholic drinks which are above 15% volume. Commercials for beer and wine, if below 15%, 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.

Cigarette vending machines are banned nationwide and food vending machines are banned in schools. As in the Netherlands, sealed smoking rooms are permitted in bars and restaurants but no waiter service is allowed in them. The Slovenian government has proposed a raft of anti-smoking policies, including a ban on smoking being shown on television, a ban on smoking in cars with minors and an extension of the smoking ban in public places. It intends to introduce plain packaging in 2020.

E-cigarettes can be advertised domestically and used indoors, but they can only be sold in licensed shops or online. 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 them.

With thanks to the Visio Institute