The Tobacco Control Scale website was launched at the 7th ECToH 2017 as a joint initiative of the Association of European Cancer Leagues and the Tobacco Control Unit of the Catalan Institute of Oncology, a WHO Collaborating Center for Tobacco Control.
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:
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.