23 March 2011
This report by Luk Joossens and Martin Raw describes the results of a survey of tobacco control activity in 31 European countries in 2010, using the Tobacco Control Scale (TCS).
The report presents the results of a survey of tobacco control activity in 31 European countries in 2010 using the Tobacco Control Scale. Countries were judged according to a scale of measures considered to be essential components of a comprehensive tobacco control programme. The following six measures were described by the World Bank, which should be prioritised in a comprehensive tobacco control programme:
- 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.
The Tobacco Control Scale 2010 was launched at a press conference in The Hague, Netherlands, on 23 March 2011 and is available for download below.