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EPHA Working Group on Tobacco policy - 30 October 2013


The EPHA Working Group (WG) on Tobacco policy will hold its next meeting on 30 October 2013 about the different regulatory options of e-cigarettes in light of the ongoing discussion of the TPD. On 30 October 2013, the Secretariat will meet with its members to discuss the issue of e-cigarettes in light of the current revision of the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). The Secretariat will develop a scoping paper about possible regulatory options. Members that can not attend the meeting have (...)
22/10/2013

Final countdown - public health community calls on European Parliament to vote for a strong Tobacco Products Directive


The Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) is not only one of the last major pieces of EU regulation that will be adopted before next year’s elections to the European Parliament (EP). It is also one of the last opportunities to make a meaningful difference not only in the health and well-being of people living in Europe now but also of that of generations to come. Smoking has devastating consequences; from outright death to chronic diseases such as cancer and respiratory diseases like (...)
04/10/2013

[Joint Open Letter to President of European Parliament] Philip Morris lobbying activities on the Tobacco Products Directive


Brussels, 1 October 2013 - Eleven public health and transparency NGOs - including EPHA - sent an open letter today to the President of the European Parliament (EP) Martin Schulz expressing concern about the very large number of undisclosed meetings between at least 233 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) with tobacco industry lobbyists recently revealed by media coverage thanks to leaked Philip Morris documents. With this letter, the signing NGOs encourage the EP President to take (...)
01/10/2013

EPHA Calls for Strong Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) without further delay


Public health civil society organisations expressed their deep concern over the decision taken by the heads of political groups in the European Parliament on 5 September to postpone the debate and vote on the Tobacco Products Directive(TPD). The vote had been scheduled for the European Parliament’s (EP) September plenary session, but has now been delayed until 8 October. EPHA calls on a strong TPD adopted without further delay. How could it happen? The main arguments supporting the (...)
09/09/2013

[EPHA Briefing] Public health nutrition, food security and consumer considerations of EU Biofuel strategy


September 9 2013, Brussels - As the EU Biofuels policy is being pushed through the European Union institutions (most recently the European Parliament), EPHA is raising awareness on the ongoing debate, underpinned by a vast body of evidence and arguments, about an underestimated dimension of the impact of biofuels: on public health nutrition, non-communicable chronic diseases and food security of European consumers. The EP vote on the renewable energy directive (drafted by Corinne Lepage, (...)
09/09/2013

[Right to Water] European Citizens Initiative condemns mayor of Hungarian town of Ózd for cutting people off water


European and international media have widely reported the 2nd August decision of the city mayor Pál Fürjes of the Hungarian town Ózd to reduce water pressure or stop supplying altogether in 88 roadside pumps. This happening underlines the importance of the European Citizens Initiative Right to Water campaign and the demand that the European Commission takes further steps to guarantee people living in Europe safe and clean drinking water in accordance with UN obligations. (Hungarian (...)
23/08/2013

Global Initiative - Don’t Touch the Spanish Tobacco Law


EPHA recently highlighted its serious concerns about the possible modification of Spanish anti-tobacco legislation which would allow smoking in the proposed Las Vegas Sand - Eurovegas casinos in Madrid. In line with the EPHA open letter, having the support of several international organisations, the XQNS Grassroots Movement for Public Health calls for further action in the framework of a Global Initiative to protect the Spanish anti-tobacco legislation. DON’T TOUCH SMOKE-FREE SPAIN (...)
12/07/2013

[EPHA Open Letter] to Spanish Prime Minister - Smoking should be banned at "Eurovegas"


Dear Prime Minister Rajoy Brey, I am writing to you in response to reports that the Spanish government is considering modifying Spanish anti-tobacco legislation in order to allow smoking in the proposed Las Vegas Sand - Eurovegas casinos in Madrid. Brussels, 9 July 2013 -These reports have raised serious concerns amongst the European and Spanish public health community, especially in the light of the ongoing discussions on the revision of European legislation aiming at strengthening the (...)
08/07/2013

WHO consultation on climate change and health research priorities (July 19th)


WHO has launched the "Research priority setting exercise: Health and Climate Change Agenda 2015-2025" survey - a unique opportunity to contribute to the debate on climate change and health research priorities: air quality and respiratory disease, cardiovascular diseases and stroke, heat- and weather-related morbidity, mental health, food vector and water borne diseases. The deadline of this survey is July 19th (Friday). Summary of the research Climate change is now widely considered to (...)
02/07/2013

Reindustrialising Europe to promote competitiveness and sustainability - But does it promote health?


Currently, the Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee of the European Parliament is working on its own initiative report on re-industrialising Europe to promote competitiveness and sustainability. The Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee prepared an opinion drafted by Tadausz Cymanski MEP (EPP, Poland) and amendments to this draft opinion were tabled and will be voted on on 19 June. The question is now whether the ENVI Committee has taken (...)
21/06/2013