Tobacco Control Scale 2016

This report describes the results of a survey of tobacco control activity in 35 European countries in 2016

The new report describes the results of a survey of tobacco control activity in 35 European countries in 2016, using the Tobacco Control Scale.  The latest inclusion has been the Russian Federation that has been included in the survey this year for the first time. Each edition, the Tobacco Control Scale includes more European countries to have a complete picture of what has been done on tobacco control among European countries.


Overall, countries which failed to undertake new initiatives lost points and fell in the ranking. The countries that are leading tobacco control in Europe are those that have comprehensive tobacco control policies.

TCS Postcard 2016 Front & Back

Tobacco Control Scale 2016


Before the Eighth European Conference on Tobacco or Health (ECToH) in 2020, countries should:

  • Implement at least the six World Bank priority measures; a comprehensive tobacco control policy is an obligation under Article 4 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).
  • Spend a minimum of €2 per capita per year on tobacco control.
  • Address tobacco industry interference in public health policy making, in accordance with the guidelines on Article 5.3 of the WHO FCTC.
  • Implement the FCTC Article 6 guidelines on tobacco taxation and adopt a new EU tax directive in 2018, which should result in significant tax increases and smaller tax differences between cigarettes and hand rolled tobacco.
  • Introduce comprehensive smokefree legislation in line with the FCTC Article 8 guidelines, including a ban on smoking in private cars when minors are present.
  • Introduce standardised/plain packaging.
  • Ban the display of tobacco products at the point of sale.
  • Accelerate the implementation of Article 14 of the WHO FCTC and its guidelines on tobacco cessation support.
  • Ratify the WHO FCTC protocol to eliminate the illicit trade in tobacco products and adopt tracking and tracing standards in line with the WHO FCTC Illicit Trade protocol in 2017.
  • Invest in research to monitor and measure the effect of tobacco control policies in line with Article 20 of the WHO FCTC.
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