Tobacco: nanny state index in the European Union (EU-28) 2019

This figure shows the index of nanny state regulations regarding tobacco in the European Union (EU-28) in 2019. With a maximum score of 100, that nation being the least free, the United Kingdom (UK) scored 90.4, followed by Ireland (73.8) and France (70). Luxembourg got the lowest score (32.2), making it the most liberal country in the European Union. The equivalent ranking for e-cigarettes can be found at the following.

Tobacco: nanny state index in the European Union (EU-28) in 2019, by country

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Release date

August 2019



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Supplementary notes

* Scores out of 100:
Advertising (total ban = 10 points; a total ban except at point of sale = 9 points; other advertising permitted = lower score).
Plain packaging (10 points).
Retail display ban (10 points).
Smoking ban (30). Divided into five subcategories, each scoring up to ten points. These are: bar, restaurant, workplace, cars and outdoors. Points are awarded according to the size and scope of the ban with the final score out of 50 adjusted to make a score out of 30.
Vending machine ban (5 points).
Snus (5 points).
Taxation (30).

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