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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

[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

[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

Every day should be patients’ rights day


Active Citizenship Network (ACN) decided to dedicate the 8th celebration of European Patients’ Rights Day in 2014 to "the role of citizens’ organisations in the empowerment of patients with chronic diseases." On 12 May, speakers examined the different chronic disease networks (e.g. cancer, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease(COPD)) and their impacts on political decision making. On 13 May, EPHA participated in the panel discussion on how research policy can respond (...)
13/05/2014

[EPHA report] EU Summit on Chronic Diseases


On 3 and 4 April 2014 in Brussels, the European Commission (EC) held the first ever ’EU Summit on Chronic Diseases’ to address the medical, social and economic burden of chronic disease in the EU. The event brought together key policymakers, stakeholders, and interest groups to explore ways to tackle chronic diseases effectively. EPHA President Peggy Maguire contributed to the Summit with key messages. At the end of the event, the EC published the Summit Conclusions and calls (...)
16/04/2014

[Event report] Health in Europe - Making it Fairer


Nearly seven months from the end of its mandate, the current European Commission held its last major event "Health in Europe, making it fairer" in the field of public health on 18 March 2014. The conference focused on the current inequalities in health to make progress towards integrating discriminated and stigmatized social groups. The aim was to share good practices in promoting equity and combatting discrimination including health promotion, prevention and treatment. The European (...)
28/03/2014

The Council approves EU tobacco legislation fitted to the twenty-first century


Brussels, 14 March 2014 — Today the Council endorsed the new EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) reached with the European Parliament last December. After more than three years of delays and policy making, today’s decision delivers to people living in Europe a tobacco regulation better able to protect us from misleading marketing. The new TPD does not set global standards on public health protection - see the example of Uruguay and Australia. Yet, this new legislation updates (...)
14/03/2014

Cancer registries: a model to be replicated or used for other chronic diseases?


The European Parliament organised a workshop ’Towards a European Cancer Information System’ on 12 February 2014 which looked at the state of play of cancer registries in Europe. EPHA took part in the debate and put forward a question on the potential use of cancer registries for other chronic diseases. A disease registry is a computer application ‘‘used to capture, manage, and provide information on specific conditions to support the organised care management of (...)
04/03/2014