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Statement by the European Public Health Alliance to the 64th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe


As a comprehensive approach to the achievement of good health and well-being, tackling health inequalities early and giving every child the best start to life, we welcome the proposed European Child and Adolescent Health Strategy 2015-2020. We call on European Ministers of Health to endorse the proposed framework and to give priority to its implementation. Statement by the European Public Health Alliance to the 64th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe, Copenhagen, 15-18 (...)
02/09/2014

EPHA to advise DG Agriculture on public health related issues of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) as part of new Civil Dialogue Groups system


The Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) of the European Commission announced its decision on the composition of civil dialogue groups, dealing with matters relevant to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). EPHA was awarded membership in all advisory groups applied for, making it possible to voice its long-standing commitment to advancing a public health approach to European food production systems. Meetings will take place from September 2014. The (...)
08/08/2014

[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

[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

[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

[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

[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

[Save the date] The 6th European Alcohol Policy Conference


The European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare), an EPHA member organisation, is pleased to announce that the 6th European Alcohol Policy Conference will take place on 27 and 28 November 2014 in Brussels. Registration is now open. Eurocare had the honour to organise the 4th European Alcohol Policy Conference in June 2010. Building on that success we hope that the 6th European Alcohol Policy Conference will prove a timely catalyst for action for alcohol policy in Europe. The main aim of (...)
22/05/2014

EPHA comments on WHO draft guidelines for sugar intake for adults and children


At the end of March 2014, EPHA commented on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) draft guidelines for sugar intake for adults and children. Recently put forward for public consideration, the new proposals aim to lower daily sugar intake for the general global population from 10 to 5% of total calorie intake. Consumption of free sugars (particularly in the form of sugar-sweetened beverages) may result in both reduced intake of foods containing nutritionally adequate calories (such as (...)
07/04/2014