Despite the adoption of strong anti-smoking policies and restrictions on cigarette adverting in 2007, the smoking rate in Albania has risen. The increase in cigarette smoking has been driven by higher smoking rates among women and young adults.

Albania’s anti-smoking laws have, however, contributed to reductions in exposure to secondhand smoke and tobacco advertising.

“The impacts of smoke-free policies and an advertising ban have been limited due to lack of enforcement and failure to adopt a comprehensive set of tobacco control measures,” said the researchers of a study that appears in the December 2010 issue of the journal Tobacco Control.

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1. Zaloshnja E, Ross H, Levy DT. The impact of tobacco control policies in Albania. Tobacco Control 2010; 19: 463-468. (open access)