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Joossens, Luk and Raw, Martin (2017) The tobacco control scale 2016 in Europe. Brussels: Association of European Cancer Leagues.

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This report describes the results of a survey of tobacco control activity in 35 European countries in 2016, using the Tobacco Control Scale, first described in our 2006 paper, The Tobacco Control Scale: a new scale to measure country activity. The data used for the 2016 survey refer to legislation in force on 1 January 2017, price data on 1 July 2016, and the tobacco control budget in 2015. Any legislation, price increases or funding introduced or enforced after those dates are not included.

The scale quantifies the implementation of tobacco control policies at country level, and is based on six policies described by the World Bank, which they say should be prioritised in a comprehensive tobacco control programme, namely:
• Price increases through higher taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products;
• Bans/restrictions on smoking in public and work places;
• Better consumer information, including public information campaigns, media coverage, and publicising research findings;
• Comprehensive bans on the advertising and promotion of all tobacco products, logos and brand names;
• Large, direct health warning labels on cigarette boxes and other tobacco products;
• Treatment to help dependent smokers stop, including increased access to medications.

The scale allocates points to each policy, with a maximum score of 100: price 30, smokefree public places 22, spending on public information campaigns 15, comprehensive advertising bans 13 large health warnings 10, cessation support (treatment) 10.

Item Type
Publication Type
International, Report
Drug Type
Tobacco / Nicotine
Intervention Type
Harm reduction, Policy
30 p.
Association of European Cancer Leagues
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