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Welcome to Serbia: feel free to smoke
  1. M O’Rourke1,
  2. J Djukic2
  1. 1
    School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney
  2. 2
    Ministry of Health, Republic of Serbia
  1. Mr M O’Rourke, 46 Knowles Avenue, North Bondi, NSW 2026, Australia; morourke{at}


This paper reviews tobacco use and control policies in Serbia. Tobacco contributes significantly to the burden of disease in Serbia, and it has one of the highest age standardised lung cancer incidence rates in Europe. Until recently there were few restrictions on smoking or tangible tobacco control policies. Serbia has, however, now embarked on a legislative and regulatory path towards greater tobacco control, but implementation and enforcement are still lax. Increased government interventions are needed to reduce the prevalence of smoking in the population.

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