Tobacco harm reduction and the new TPD
25 May 2016
The new Tobacco Products Directive (TPD2) dramatically tightens regulation of cigarettes, rolling tobacco and e-cigarettes. Yet, it is unclear that it will lead to improved health outcomes.
The last two decades have seen an increasingly restrictionist approach in public health measures on smoking. But the prevalence curve has flattened, not steepened, during this period. There is no visible correlation between restrictions on smoking and smoking prevalence.
EPICENTER publications and contributions from our member think tanks are designed to promote the discussion of economic issues and the role of markets in solving economic and social problems. As with all EPICENTER publications, the views expressed here are those of the author and not EPICENTER or its member think tanks (which have no corporate view).