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[EPHA Recommendations] Tobacco Taxation


The European Commission (Directorate General of Taxation and Customs Union (DG TAXUD)) published on its website a draft study on the measuring and reducing of administrative costs for economic operators and tax authorities and obtaining, in parallel, a higher level of compliance and security in imposing excise duties on tobacco products (RAMBOLL report). EPHA takes the opportunity to put forward recommendations on tobacco taxation. Tobacco in a few figures 700,000 deaths per year , 13 (...)
22/07/2014

[EPHA overview] France to introduce new public health law


On 19 June, the French Minister of Health, Marisol Touraine, unveiled the broad measures planned for their new public health law. Measures regarding third-party payers, food labelling and tobacco control are already under consideration. This bill, which has been in the pipeline for more than a year, will be introduced in the Council of Ministers in September and discussed in the Parliament at the beginning of next year. The third-party payer in GP consultation One of the main (...)
18/07/2014

EPHA signs up to joint-statement on Conflict of Interest - UN General Assembly review on non-communicable disease (NCDs) review


As UN General Assembly renewed commitments to tackle non-communicable disease (NCDs) at its meeting in New York on 10 and 11 July, more than 160 international non-profit public interest groups and experts (including EPHA) submitted a joint statement calling for public health legal safeguards. The statement related to commercial trade agreements safeguards and protections against conflicts of interest in the policy development and agenda-setting of government organisations, especially (...)
16/07/2014

Smoking in Austria: It is Time to Act Now!


The tobacco epidemic has reached Austria. The prevalence of smoking is still increasing while the habit is imposing an enormous health and economic burden on the country’s society. Tobacco consumption causes respiratory and lung diseases including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), several cancers and cardiovascular diseases (CVD), including heart disease and stroke. The new Austrian tobacco law under preparation is a unique opportunity to raise standards of tobacco (...)
08/07/2014

[Event report] Roundtable conference on tobacco excise duties - taxation is key for public health


On 6 June 2014, DG Taxation and Customs Union (TAXUD) invited representatives from EU Member States’ tax administrations, relevant business federations, interest groups and non-governmental organisations to a round table conference on tobacco taxation. The event presented and discussed the draft study on the impacts of tobacco taxation on economic operators and tax authorities. EPHA contributed to the debate highlighting that tobacco taxation is a key element to cutting consumption, (...)
08/07/2014

The European Commission establishes expert group on cancer control


On 3rd June 2014, the European Commission adopted a decision which establishes an expert group on cancer control. Cancer is still the second most common cause of death in the Union: in 2008, 2.5 million people were diagnosed with cancer in the European Union (EU27). This expert group will execute several tasks in the field of cancer. Firstly, the expert group will assist with drawing up legal instruments, policy documents, guidelines and recommendations on cancer control. It will also help (...)
19/06/2014

[EPHA Open letter] Support from the European Public Health Community for plans on Plain Packaging for cigarettes in France


5 June 2014 - Following the French government’s announcement of their intention to introduce standardised packaging for cigarettes, EPHA issued an open letter to Marisol Touraine, the French Minister for Health to support the initiative. Evidence shows that standardised tobacco packaging reduces tobacco consumption, which is one of the main risk factors of cancers, cardiovascular diseases (CVD), heart attacks, strokes and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD). Dear Mme (...)
05/06/2014

[Press release] On World No Tobacco Day, EPHA calls on EU countries to fully implement the new Tobacco Products Directive (TPD)


Brussels, 31 May 2014 – To mark World No Tobacco Day on 31 May (1), the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) calls on European Union (EU) Member States to fully implement the revised Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) (2). The new directive, which was adopted earlier this year, entered into force on 19 May and, among other measures, allows EU Member States to introduce standardised tobacco packaging on the grounds of public health. "Europe is now equipped with a regulation that is (...)
31/05/2014

[EPHA briefing] On-line marketing of tobacco products


On World No Tobacco Day 2014, EPHA released its briefing on on-line marketing of tobacco products which addresses the regulatory framework for on-line tobacco advertising, anti- tobacco campaigns on-line and recent trends in on-line marketing in the US. In this paper EPHA highlights that the virtual environment is the most common cross-border platform for tobacco advertising and the biggest challenge for the effective implementation of an EU advertising ban. The regulatory framework for (...)
30/05/2014

WHO Europe Guidance for addressing inequities in health


While population health indicators have improved across Europe overall, this improvement has not been experienced equally everywhere, or by all. In this one of a series of policy briefs, World Health Organization (WHO) Europe presents practical actions to address health inequities, especially in relation to tobacco, alcohol, obesity and injury - the public health challenges facing Europe. With these policy briefs, policy-makers and public health professionals are equipped with the tools (...)
24/04/2014