METHODS

The Tobacco Control Scale 2013 in Europe

The data used for the 2013 survey refer to legislation in force on the 1 January 2014, price data on 1July 2013, and the tobacco control budget in 2012. Any legislation, price increases or funding introduced or enforced after those dates are not included.

A questionnaire was used to collect information about countries’ tobacco control budgets and tobacco dependence treatment provision. The following other data sources were used: Price
  • The price of a pack of 20 cigarettes in the Weighted Average Price category on 1 July 2013 was based on the July 2013 European Commission report “Excise duty tables” (5)
  • GDP expressed in Purchasing Power Standards (PPS) per capita and GDP in 2012, and country 2012 population data were collected from the statistical office of the European Union or IMF.
Advertising
  • WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2013. Geneva, World Health Organization, 2013 (6).
  • An update of the legislation on advertising through correspondents or health officials (see Table 3).
Smoke-free legislation
  • European Commission. Overview of smoke-free legislation and its implementation in the EU. Brussels, European Commission, 2013 (7).
  • European Commission. Eurobarometer 385, Attitudes of Europeans towards Tobacco. Brussels, European Commission, 2012 (8).
Labelling
  • Canadian Cancer Society. Cigarette package health warnings. International status report. Ottawa, Canadian Cancer Society, 2012 (9).
Tobacco control and cessation budget
  • Information was collected in December 2013 and January 2014 through the correspondents or from health officials (see Table 1)
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