The Tobacco Control Scale 2010 in Europe

On the basis of our results and the discussion above we have six recommendations for implementation by 2015.

  1. Tobacco control programmes should be comprehensive and should include at least the six measures described in the introduction. A comprehensive tobacco control policy is an obligation under Article 4 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).
  2. Countries should spend a minimum of €2 per capita per year on tobacco control.
  3. Countries should introduce comprehensive smoke-free legislation in line with the guidelines on Article 8 of the WHO FCTC. It should include a total ban on smoking in work and public places, including bars, restaurants, health and educational facilities, and public transport (without exceptions and without smoking rooms).
  4. Regular increases in tobacco taxes should be policy at EU and member state level.
  5. Large (80%) mandatory picture warnings at the front and back of all tobacco products in combination with standardised/plain packaging,
  6. Countries should address tobacco industry interference in public health policies in accordance with the guidelines on article 5.3 of the WHO FCTC.

Acknowledgements This project received financial support from the Swiss Cancer League, to whom we are extremely grateful. We warmly thank the panel of experts and ENSP correspondents for their crucial contribution to the project and the ENSP for the printing of the report, presented at the 4th European Conference Tobacco or Health in Basel, October 2007.


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