In 2021, in a troubled and troubling health context, the question is legitimate to know which countries are welcoming e-cigarettes the best and the least. Obviously, this answer is not the editorial staff that will bring it to you but the Nanny State Index 2021 whose mission is to provide a biennial ranking of the best and worst places in Europe to eat, drink, smoke and vape.
This is the fourth edition of the Epicenter Nanny State Index, a biennial ranking of the best and worst places in Europe to eat, drink, smoke and vape which will provide us with some answers today. If you wish to consult it in its full version, meet here . For our part, let's focus on the category that interests us: the e-cigarette.
- The principle is rather simple, The e-cigarette category includes the sale restrictions (until 30 point), advertising restrictions (up to 10 points), the taxes (20 point) and vaping bans (up to 40 points) with a total of 100 points available.
The total ban in a country gets 30 points. Up to 30 points are awarded for bans and restrictions on the sale of electronic cigarettes and electronic cigarette liquids. The European Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) sets limits on tank size, fluid resistance, bottle size and several other product characteristics, which means all TPD-compliant countries score at least 10 points. Additional points are awarded for flavor bans (up to 10 points), refillable electronic cigarettes (5 points) and cross-border sales (5 points).
Points are awarded based on the size and scope of the advertising restrictions. All EU countries must ban any form of advertising for electronic cigarettes that can cross borders and therefore score at least 6 points. Further points are awarded for bans on purely national electronic advertising.
Countries that impose a specific tax on electronic cigarettes (in addition to the standard sales tax) get up to 20 points. Points are awarded according to the amount of tax in proportion to the highest tax (adjusted for purchasing power), with the highest tax jurisdiction obtaining 20 points.
Countries that ban the sale of electronic cigarettes also get 20 points. Up to 40 points are awarded for bans and restrictions on the use of electronic cigarettes (vaping) in public places. In countries where vaping is classified as smoking for the purpose of the smoking ban, the score of the no smoking subcategory in the tobacco index is used.
Unsurprisingly, in the most welcoming countries for e-cigarettes we find the UK (18 point), L'Germany (18 point) or the Denmark (22 point). The France is lagging behind (27 point) just like theSpain ou Italy. Among the less good students, we find largely in the lead Norvège (83 point), TheEstonia Hungary or the Greece. The Belgium is for its part rather misplaced (45 point) but is not part of the backplane.