Tobacco Tax for a Healthier Europe: Updated SFP Position Paper

Wednesday, 05 December 2018

In September 2018, SFP submitted an updated Position Paper on tobacco taxation to the European Commission's consultation on the possible revision of the Tobacco Tax Directive. The latest updated version of the paper, titled Tobacco Tax for a Healthier Europe, can be downloaded further below. 

The position paper is an update of the one adopted in February 2017. While the main policy asks remained the same, this paper brings fresh evidence and data in support of SFP's priorities. It was developed by Angel López Nicolas and Michal Stoklosa and reviewed by Deborah Arnott, Luk Joossens, Hana Ross and Anca Toma Friedlaender. The paper was adopted by the SFP Board on 30 August 2018.

SFP policy asks

1. Set an objective of 30% reduction in current tobacco use in people above the age of 15 by 2025

2. Achieve upwards convergence of prices across Member States

3. Bridge the gap between the prices of roll-your-own (RYO)/ make-your-own (MYO) tobacco and cigarettes

4. Introduce a specific definition and tax category for raw tobacco


List of endorsing organisations (as of 9 November 2020). The paper remains open for endorsements. 

  • Action on Smoking and Health (UK)
  • Action on Smoking and Health (Ireland)
  • Belgian Foundation against Cancer
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Cezko bez Koure (CZ)
  • Comité National Contre le Tabagisme (FR)
  • Danish Cancer Society
  • Dutch Cancer Society
  • EuroHealthNet
  • European Heart Network
  • Fresh Northeast (UK)
  • Irish Cancer Society
  • Lithuanian Coalition for Tobacco and Alcohol Control
  • Norwegian Cancer Society
  • Slovenian Coalition for Public Health, Environment and Tobacco Control
  • Smoke Free Life Coalition Bulgaria
  • Standing Committee of European Doctors
  • Tobacco-Free Romania Initiative
  • Tobaksfakta (SWE)
  • XQNS! (Spain)




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