MADES Study: Evaluation plan of the new Tobacco Product Directive 2014/40/UE in Italy
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Cancer Research & Prevention Institute (ISPO), Florence, Italy
Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri, Milan, Italy
Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS), Rome, Italy
Università del Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy
Health Ministry, Rome, Italy
Submission date: 2017-05-08
Acceptance date: 2017-05-08
Publication date: 2017-05-25
Corresponding author
Giuseppe Gorini   

Cancer Research & Prevention Institute (ISPO), Florence, Italy, via delle Oblate, 2 -, 50141 Florence, Italy
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2017;3(May Supplement):93
The transposition of the New Tobacco Product Directive (TPD) 2014/40/UE in Italy - the law n.6/2016 - entered into force in 2016. This law contains all the TPD regulations, and other new measures: 1. Stricter enforcement of the tobacco sale ban to minors, with higher fines and withdrawal of the sell licence for tobacco retailers; 2. Smoking ban in cars with minors and pregnant women 3. Smoking ban in outdoor areas closed to Pediatric and Gynecologic Hospital Departments 4. Sale ban of e-cig and refill containers to minors. Main aim is to show the evaluation plan of the new TPD in Italy.

Material and Methods:
Presentation of the different tools of the evaluation plan.

- The behavioural risk factor PASSI, the ISTAT, and the DOXA surveys on representative samples of Italians, will allow to study smoking and e-cigarette prevalence in adults; quitting attempts among smokers; the impact of pictorial warnings on smokers; second-hand smoke exposure; attitudes, perception, and behaviours of Italians after the coming into force of the new law; - The GYTS will monitor smoking and e-cig prevalence, tobacco access and availability among adolescents aged 13-15 years; - the National Institute of Health (ISS), in collaboration with some Regional Health Departments in Italy, will monitor the compliance with the smoking ban in cars, and with the outdoor ban in hospitals; - Temporal trend in phone calls to the Italian Quitline will be monitored. Moreover, the impact of pictorial warnings will be studied among smokers calling the Italian Quitline, or attending Italian Smoking Cessation Centers. - The online acquisition and transmission of ingredients from tobacco companies will be followed at ISS.

This evaluation plan will allow to study all the dimensions of the impact of the TPD in Italy.

This study was funded by the Italian Ministry of Health (MADES project, chapter 4100/22).

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