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Alcohol advertising to be banned in Russia

The Russian Federation has just passed a bill banning alcohol advertising on a broad range of platforms. The public health community strongly welcomes the move. In an attempt to curb Russia’s chronic alcohol abuse problems (the country has double the WHO critical level of use) the State Duma, Russia’s lower house, passed in mid-July a bill restricting alcohol advertising on a wide range of platforms. This measure will be implemented in a two-fold process: Since 23rd July 2012 (...)

Alcohol harms you, others and the society - why does Europe need an alcohol strategy? 27 June 2012, European Parliament, Brussels

The European Alcohol Policy Alliance, Eurocare invites you to an event on the future of EU Alcohol Strategy on the 27th of June 2012. The European Alcohol Policy Alliance, Eurocare, invites you to an event on the future of EU Alcohol Strategy, organised in cooperation with Eurohealthnet, European Transport Safety Council, European Council Leagues and kindly hosted by Anna Hedh MEP (S&D, Sweden). Date: 27th June Time: 9h00 till 12h00 Place: European Parliament, Brussels Register for (...)

EPHA Media Reaction - Scotland backs minimum alcohol price

The Scottish Parliament overwhelmingly passed a bill yesterday introducing a 0.50£ (0.63€) minimum price for a unit of alcohol. Cut-price alcohol beverages will be outlawed in Scotland from as early as April next year. The measure is expected to reduce binge drinking, having a positive impact on the region’s health and crime levels. As Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish health secretary says “it will help Scotland achieve a ’cultural shift’ in its unhealthy (...)

EPHA Press Release: EP report on rights of vulnerable consumers- an opportunity missed

The European Parliament (EP) report (1), on the rights of vulnerable consumers passed last Tuesday, May 22. It calls on the Commission to get rid of its flawed course to protect young people from the might of food and beverages advertising. Yet, the EP still seems disappointedly cautious in prioritising consumers above the corporative interests of these industries. Brussels, May (...)

1st Report on the implementation of the Audiovidual Media Service Directive finally out!

Last 7 May 2012, the European Commission released the long awaited report on the implementation of the Audiovisual Media Service Directive. Focus on the implementation of the provisions related to the advertising of alcohol and food, advertising targeting children and other commercial communications over the period 2009-2010. On 7 May 2012, the European Commission released the long awaited first report on the implementation of the Audiovisual Media Service Directive for the period (...)

"Living longer, better" - European Conference on Chronic Diseases - 11 May 2012.

On the 11 May, the European COPD Coalition organises a Conference on the EU reflection process on chronic diseases, entitled ’Living Longer, better’ - in parternship with EHN, ECCO, ERS and IDF Europe - EPHA members. Venue: Mundo B building, Rue d’Edimbourg 26, 1040 Brussels When: Friday 11 May (following the EU Health Policy Forum), from 10.00 to 16.00 including a lunch break (sandwich lunch is provided) Objective of the Conference: This will be a unique opportunity (...)

EPHA’s contributions to chronic diseases consultations

With two major launches, April was an remarkable month in terms of chronic diseases developments - the Commission’s Consultation on the EU Reflection Process on Chronic Dises; and the World Health Organization (WHO) Consultation on a comprehensive global monitoring framework. EPHA responded to both consultations. On 14 March 2012, the European Commission launched a Consultation on the EU Reflection Process on Chronic Disease aimed to gather initial inputs from stakeholders. (...)

Press Release: Alcohol - Self- regulation is not an answer

Against the European Alcohol and Health Forum which took place on the 26 April 2012, 28 civil society organisations strongly called for regulatory measures to protect consumers against alcohol related-harm. Joint Press Release It cannot be left to the producers of a harmful product to decide how, when and where it will be marketed. Policy makers must not rely on self-regulation, but rather follow through statutory measures aimed at protecting consumers. Last week, major producers from (...)

Extend healthy life years by tackling chronic diseases in a life-course approach

The current prospects and hopes for a healthy and active ageing have been weakened by the incidence of chronic diseases reaching epidemic proportions. ’Never too early - Tackling chronic disease to extend healthy life years,’ a recently-launched report by the Economist Intelligence Unit, makes a case for preventing and tackling such diseases from childhood to ageing. Given today’s dominant EU paradigm -with an emphasis put on healthy ageing, including the European (...)

Press release: Alcohol minimum pricing in the UK: will the EU follow up?

The UK has introduced minimum pricing for alcoholic beverages, which is supported by public health evidence and a move supported by many public health organizations. EPHA encourages the European Commission to propose an EU level minimum pricing in its future EU Alcohol Strategy. ***PRESS RELEASE*** Brussels, 23 03 2012 Alcohol minimum pricing in the UK: will the EU follow up? Today, 23 March 2012, the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) Europe’s leading NGO advocating for (...)

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