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Open letter congratulating Hungarian Minister of Health on plain packaging


EPHA has sent an open letter to Hungarian Minister of Health Gábor Zombor, congratulating him on the initiative to implement a plain packaging policy for tobacco products in Hungary. ... To the attention of: Dr Gábor Zombor, Minister of State for Health, Hungary ... Dear Minister, I am strongly encouraged by the news on your outstanding initiative to implement a plain packaging policy for tobacco products in Hungary and would like to extend my congratulations to you on this initiative. (...)
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06/08/2015

Tobacco control: Governments should not rest on their laurels


Taxes are effective tools to curb the global tobacco epidemic. This is the core message of the World Health Organization (WHO) 2015 report on tobacco launched this month. Tobacco-related diseases claim more lives than HIV-AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. In its recent report, the WHO welcomes commitments and efforts made in the field of tobacco control around the world. More than half of the world’s countries, covering 40% of the world’s population, have established at (...)
03/08/2015

[EPHA Open letter] EPHA contribution to the draft Austrian tobacco legislation


I am writing to you in response to the draft tobacco legislation that is currently in progress. On behalf of the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Austria for its willingness to take this bold step forward in the fight against tobacco related harm. To Mme Sabine Oberhauser, Austrian Minister for Health Dear Mme Oberhauser, In Austria the prevalence of smoking is still increasing while the habit is imposing an enormous health and (...)
30/04/2015

UK and Ireland pave the way for the adoption of Plain Packaging in the EU


Ireland and the UK are paving the way for a Europe free of tobacco. This form of leadership is crucial in the light of the recently adopted Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) which aims to strengthen European tobacco control policy. The UK’s House of Lords has approved a bill to standardise cigarette packaging in England from May 2016, making it the second country in the European Union to introduce such a law after Ireland and the fourth in the world (after Australia and Uruguay). In (...)
31/03/2015

Hypocritical spending: European Parliament again votes to continue subsidies for tobacco growing


On 22 October the European Parliament voted to once again prolong subsidies "to cover expenditures granted to farmers producing raw tobacco" in the proposed EU budget for 2015. Despite the phasing out of support for Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) direct payments to tobacco growers since 2010, a strong stance against the reintroduction of this funding from the European Commission and the Council in the revised CAP 2014-2020, and no mention of tobacco subsidies in the budget, the Parliament (...)
24/11/2014

[ECC Press statement] World COPD Day 2014: Why a disease that affects one in ten adults in Europe is still neglected?


Brussels, 19 November 2014 - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) (1) affects up to 10% of European adults and is the fourth cause of death worldwide and is expected to be in third place by 2030 (2). As yet, few EU leaders or policy-makers are aware of this fact. Until this changes, little political action will be given to tackle one of the most acute public health issues in Europe. “As a first step to effectively address this public health threat, we should get much better (...)
19/11/2014

[Press release] The European Parliament will not gain people’s trust by continuing to contribute to the burden of chronic disease in the form of tobacco subsidies


Brussels, 23 October 2014 – Among all the furore yesterday of the new Commission, the European Parliament also quietly voted against ending EU subsidies to tobacco crops (1). While on the one hand many MEPs so supportive of legislating in favour of health with regards to pharmaceutical products, it seems that over half of the EP is happy to continue pumping taxpayer’s money to a harmful industry (2) instead of supporting farmers to make the shift to a more health and sustainable (...)
23/10/2014

[Press release] EPHA encourages policy makers to be braver when tackling the cancer epidemic in Europe


14 October 2014, Brussels – The 4th edition of the European Code Against Cancer was finally launched today after many months of delay (1). As a member of the recently established Commission Expert Group on Cancer (2), EPHA supports the new version of the Cancer Code. “The burden of cancer is set to increase in the coming years. Making a few consistent lifestyles changes is enough to protect oneself against many forms of cancer. This Code sets out a wide range of measures that (...)
14/10/2014

[World Sight Day] European Coalition for Vision (ECV) - press statement


Brussels, 9th October 2014 - On the occasion of World Sight Day, the European Coalition for Vision (ECV) set an ambitious objective to leverage vision and eye health at European level. World Sight Day is a global event that focuses on bringing attention on blindness and vision impairment. It is observed worldwide on the second Thursday of October each year. Meeting on 8th October 2014 in Brussels, members of the European Coalition for Vision agreed to develop and promote a European vision (...)
09/10/2014

EPHA response to the European Commission consultation on Corporate Social Responsibility


22 August 2014 - Over the summer of 2014, the European Commission consulted stakeholders on their Corporate Social Responsibility 2011-2014 strategy: achievements, shortcomings and future challenges. Given the concept of CSR, as part of a wider Smart Regulation agenda, closely linked to other regulatory mechanisms, such as self- and co-regulation, EPHA analysed the notion of CSR, its potential and possible threat to comprehensive public policy making, for the benefit - or harm - of public (...)
26/09/2014