Towards a smoke free Europe

Countries in Europe have made tackling smoking and tobacco use their number one public health priority. Every year, 650.000 Europeans die due to tobacco related diseases, amongst which 79.000 from second-hand smoke, with 19.000 non-smokers. Therefore, All EU countries have adopted measures to protect their citizens against exposure to tobacco smoke. National measures differ considerably in extent and scope. The strictest measures were introduced by Ireland, the UK, Greece, Hungary, Bulgaria, Malta and Spain.

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Smoking bans in Europe by year

A number of EU countries have comprehensive smoke-free laws in place. Among these, Ireland, the UK, Greece, Bulgaria, Malta, Spain and Hungary have the strictest smoke-free provisions with a complete ban on smoking in enclosed public places, on public transport and in workplaces, with only limited exceptions allowed.

Smoking bans in public spaces

Select a category below to see the geographical distribution of bans across smoking bans across Europe.

Tobacco Price Evolution since 2005

The price of tobacco products plays a key part in people’s decision to use tobacco. Many countries have successfully used tax policies to regulate the price and the affordability of tobacco products. Policies beyond excise taxes also directly and indirectly influence tobacco product prices, including bans on discounting and price promotions, minimum retail prices, and minimum package sizes.

 

Mortality due to

tobacco among men

Fifteen European countries have a mortality of over 25% among men due to tobacco use. The country with the highest rate of mortality is Turkey, where 31% of all deaths among women are due to the use of tobacco.

Mortality due to

tobacco among women

Nine European countries have a mortality of over 15% among women due to tobacco use. The country with the highest rate of mortality is Denmark, where 20% of all deaths among women are due to the use of tobacco.

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1. Tobacco Atlas

2. EuroStat

3. Special Eurobarometer 385: Attitudes of Europeans towards Tobacco