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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

[Concept note] HEPAMAP: A Roadmap for EU Liver Research


On Wednesday 10 December 2014 the launch of a Research Roadmap for Liver Disease (HEPAMAP) will take place at the European Parliament. The event is organised by the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) together with the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA). Concept Note - HEPAMAP: A Roadmap for EU Liver Research Case study for chronic diseases and research Background information Liver diseases not only have a high cost in terms of human suffering, but are also (...)
27/11/2014

[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

[Save the date] Launch: Research Roadmap for Liver Disease - 10 December (15.00 – 17.00), Brussels


MEP Cristian Buşoi (EPP, RO) has the pleasure to invite you to the ‘Launch of a Research Roadmap for Liver Disease (HEPAMAP) - Case study for chronic diseases & research’, A European Parliament seminar organised in collaboration with the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL). 10 December 2014, 15.00 – 17.00 | Venue: The European Parliament, Alteiro Spinell (Brussels). Room: A3F383 Launch of a Research Roadmap for Liver Disease (HEPAMAP) - (...)
17/11/2014

Scottish Industry Representatives Support Scotland’s brave Alcohol Policy


On 5 September 2014, following the EPHA Annual Conference, the seminar on Scotland’s innovative Alcohol Policies successfully brought together representatives from Scottish health professionals with around 80 European colleagues and industry representatives to discuss the minimum unit pricing (MUP). This event highlighted the fact that different stakeholders are urging EU Member States and the European Commission to support the Scottish policy on alcohol. MUP is opposed by a (...)
31/10/2014

[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 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