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[Joint press release] Doctors take battle to implement “Scotland the brave’s” alcohol minimum unit price policy to Brussels


2 September, Brussels - The Scottish health professions are increasing their efforts to challenge the continued opposition by global alcohol producers to the implementation of Scotland’s Alcohol Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) policy. On 5th September in Brussels, Scottish and European doctors will make the case for health alongside industry supporters of the policy, including C & C Group (producers of Tennents Lager) and the Scottish Licensed Trade Association. Legislation to (...)
02/09/2014

[EPHA response] mHealth Green Paper consultation


22 July 2014 - Following in-depth discussions with members, EPHA responded to the European Commission’s public consultation on its Green Paper on mobile health (mHealth) in early July. In its response, EPHA emphasises that mHealth development should not only be seen as a way to gain cost efficiencies, but that relevant solutions - including smartphone applications - must first and foremost aim to bring concrete benefits for different types of end users including patients and health (...)
25/07/2014

[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

[Save the date] Scotland the Brave! - Alcohol Policy in Scotland


A seminar to discuss and explore Scotland’s innovative Alcohol Policies, including an update on the battle to implement Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP). Side event of the EPHA 5th Annual Conference, 4-5 September 2014 “Tectonic tensions - wealthy Europe`s fear of commitment” In 2012 the Scottish Government passed legislation to introduce a Minimum Unit Price (MUP) to tackle the problems caused by cheap alcohol. The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) and other European wine and (...)
10/07/2014

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

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 Report] The sixty-seventh World Health Assembly (WHA)


From 19 to 24 May 2014, the Sixty-seventh session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) took place in Geneva. The WHA is the supreme decision-making body of World Health Organization (WHO). It determines the policies of the WHO, appoints its Director-General, supervises the organisation’s financial policies, and reviews and approves the proposed programme budget. The WHA is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the (...)
06/06/2014

[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

“Know your air for health” to mark World Environment Day


Brussels, 5th June 2014 - On the occasion of World Environment Day, EPHA puts the spotlights on the "Know your air for health" website, recently launched by the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) and the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients Organisations (EFA). It addresses air pollution as a major public health concern. Consequences of air pollution range from immediate effects, such as coughing and wheezing, to triggering and aggravating respiratory diseases, (...)
05/06/2014

[EPHA Briefing] Self- and Co-Regulation in the field of Public Health in the EU (update)


3 June 2014 - As the second meeting of DG CONNECT’s Community of Practice (CoP) on self- and co-regulation convenes today to discuss its vision and ’identify success factors of self- and co-regulatory actions’, EPHA launches an update of its Briefing on Self- and Co-regulation in the field of Public Health in the EU. The briefing aims to give EPHA members an essential overview of ’alternative regulatory mechanisms’ such as self- and co-regulation, the (...)
03/06/2014