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The results of this survey describe the tobacco control activity in 36 European countries in 2019 using the Tobacco Control Scale (TCS)

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This survey was conducted with 35 European countries: the 2010 sample plus Croatia, Serbia, Ukraine and the Russian Federation.


This survey was conducted in 2013 with 34 European countries: the 2010 sample plus Croatia, Serbia and Ukraine.


This survey was conducted in 2010 with 31 European countries: the 2005 and 2007 sample plus Turkey.

2005 2007

This report describes the results of the 2007 survey and compare them with the results of the 2005 survey.


In this report, we describe the results of the survey of tobacco control activity in European countries from 2005 to 2016 using the Tobacco Control Scale (TCS), first described in our 2006 paper, The Tobacco Control Scale: a new scale to measure country activity. The TCS, which quantifies the implementation of tobacco control policies at country level, is based on six policies described by the World Bank and which they say should be prioritised in a comprehensive tobacco control programme. The six policies are:

  • 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.


In 2004, a questionnaire on tobacco control policies was sent to European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP) correspondents, who had agreed to fill in their country data, in 28 countries: 25 EU countries plus Switzerland, Iceland and Norway. The correspondents were nominated by ENSP because they were the official country representatives to ENSP, members of their national coalition, and thus knowledgeable about tobacco control.

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