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 (to 5 October 2018). 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)
Dutch Cancer Society 
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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