Tobacco use is a primary health risk factor across the globe, including in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). There are various tobacco control policies in place in BiH, but one of the most significant is tobacco taxation. Previous research on tobacco use and tobacco taxation in BiH was based on available data from Household Budget Surveys (HBS) or the relevant Public Health Institutes and Ministries of Health (Petković et al., 2018). However, for evidence-based policymaking, there is a serious lack of comprehensive data on tobacco use in BiH.
To address this gap, in 2019, the regional network of researchers on tobacco taxation in Southeastern Europe (SEE), coordinated by the Institute of Economic Sciences in Belgrade, Serbia, conducted a Survey on Tobacco Consumption in SEE countries (STC-SEE) collecting data on adult tobacco use in Albania, BiH, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia. The questionnaire for STC-SEE was based on three existing global surveys: 1) the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS); 2) the International Tobacco Control (ITC) survey; and 3) the Pricing Policies and Control of Tobacco in Europe (PPACTE) survey. The survey in BiH was conducted based on a sample of 1,000 adult (18 to 85 years of age) residents, and the sampling frame was based on data from the latest census in BiH (2013). The survey collected information on the use of various tobacco products, smoking behavior, prices and brands of tobacco products purchased, exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS), attitudes towards different tobacco control policies, and exposure to advertising of tobacco products.
National Study Bosnia and Herzegovina 2020 - download here.