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[EPHA Open letter] Asking for support for the Scottish Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcohol (MUP)


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 spirits producers took action against the proposal claiming that it breaches the UK’s European Union (EU) treaty obligations. Since there is a growing body of evidence which shows that price increases can have a substantial impact on reducing consumption, and consequently on (...)
01/10/2014

[Press release] France is on the right track in the fight against tobacco epidemic in Europe


September 25 2014, Brussels – Today, the French government outlined new legislation (1) to introduce standardised packaging for cigarettes following Ireland (2) and the UK’s recent initiatives (3). If the bill is adopted, France will be taking a major step forward to protect its citizens against a habit that kills around 73,000 people every year in France (4) and 700,000 in the European Union - equivalent to the population of cities like Seville or Frankfurt. As Peggy (...)
25/09/2014

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 2013 Annual Review


Welcome to EPHA’s 2013 annual report – an overview of our successes and challenges of the year. EPHA Annual Review 2013
03/08/2014

[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