Equity-focused health impact assessment of Portuguese tobacco control legislation

A. Costa, M. Cortes*, C. Sena, E. Nunes, P. Nogueira, T. Shivaji

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The World Health Organization recommend the Equity-Focused Health Impact Assessment (HIA) as a means to assess the impact of social and economic policies on the health of populations, and acknowledges their contribution to health inequality. We describe the application of the Equity-focused Impact Assessment methodology on the Portuguese law on Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control (Law No. 37/2007). A rapid assessment was carried out to issue recommendations which could be incorporated into the law during a revision in 2014. Quantitative (consumption and health status indicators; equity analysis) and qualitative (Focus Group) approaches were taken to evaluate the impact of the law and formulate recommendations. Young people, men and women of low socioeconomic status, and pregnant women were identified as requiring specific and appropriate interventions to prevent smoking and support smoking cessation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279-287
Number of pages9
JournalHealth Promotion International
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Equity in health
  • Health impact assessment
  • Tobacco law


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