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European Week Against Cancer 2011: EPHA members get mobilised

The European Week Against Cancer (EWAC) - organised by the European Cancer Leagues Association - aims to raise awareness about cancer prevention, using the European Code Against Cancer. The 2011 edition emphasised the relationship between healthy lifestyles and cancer. Several EPHA members, including the Association of the European Cancer Leagues (ECL), Cancer Research UK and the European Institute of Womens Health were very active during this week. You can find further information about (...)

French law on alcohol advertising: an example to be followed by the UK?

On 30 March 2011, the member of the British Parliament Sarah Wollaston MP suggests a bill urging the government to further protect children’s exposure to alcohol advertising. Having one of the most important alcohol consumption in the EU, especially amongst young people, the MP suggests to adopt the French Loi Evin whose impact on alcohol related harm is well established. Sarah Wollaston, member of the British Parliament intends to suggest, on 30 March 2011, an adaptation of the 1991 (...)

EPHA workshop: Reducing Health Inequalities for Children Living in Europe

During the third annual EUPHA conference on 11-13 November in Amsterdam, EPHA organised a policy workshop entitled "Reducing Health Inequalities for Children Living in Europe". The theme was of particular importance because poverty still remains one of the most important social determinants of health. Eighty million European citizens – that is 17% of the EU population – live in poverty. One in five children are born and grow up in economic and social deprivation. These figures (...)

EPHA Briefing Paper on Health Inequalities

Although the issue of Health Inequalities is currently on the agenda of the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the World Health Organization, increasing economic and political pressures put even more burden on socially deprived, most vulnerable and under-served population groups. All health gains achieved in the recent decades are thus at risk. In light of the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion, the parliamentary report on Health Inequalities, and the (...)

EPHA Open Letter to the President of the European Council on the issue of alcohol

On 19 October 2010, EPHA sent an Open Letter to the President of the European Council, Mr Herman Van Rompuy, following an article that has been published in theparliament.com reporting on the President comments on beer consumption. The EPHA Letter as well as the article are available below. *Update 8 November 2010* Following the Open Letter EPHA sent to President Herman Van Rompuy, Monika Kosinska, the EPHA Secretary General, has been asked to provide the Parliament Magazine with an (...)

Give your child a fair start and do not drink during pregnancy

In commenaration of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day, Eurocare released a press release warning of the dangers of alcohol during pregnancy and called on goverments to take action. Give your child a fair start and do not drink during pregnancy- Marking the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day, 9th September 8 September, Brussels The umbrella term, Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), describes the range of effects that can occur in an individual (...)

EPHA position on Trade: health cannot be treated like any other business in the EU Trade Policy

Following the ’Europe 2020’ Strategy endorsed by Heads of States in March and June 2010, the European Commission launched a public consultation on the future direction of EU trade policy. EPHA contributed to it by highlighting that health cannot be treated like any other business in the EU Trade Policy. EPHA response to the Trade consultation First and foremost, EPHA considers that the EU Trade Policy should complement and reinforce all dimensions of the Europe 2020 (...)

Eurocare June-July Newsletter

Eurocare has released its June-July Newsletter. Their newsletter highlights developments in alcohol policy at the EU and member state level. Upcoming events and recent research articles are also featured. News from Eurocare Eurocare hosts in Brussels the 4th European Alcohol Policy Conference 21 – 22 June EU Alcohol Policy Conference_ extract from DG SANCO’s ‘Health and consumer voice’ July 2010 edition. News from the EU Parliament votes to exempt all alcoholic (...)

4th European Alcohol Policy Conference : "From capacity to action"

The Fourth European Alcohol Policy Conference was held on 21 and 22 June 2010 by Eurocare, the European Alcohol Policy Alliance. The aim of the Conference was to gather people from a broad range of sectors to exchange and communicate on alcohol-related issues and policies aiming at effectively preventing and reducing alcohol-related harm. Ms Paola Testori-Coggi, Director General of DG SANCO, opened the 2 day Conference by reminding key figures of alcohol-related harm within Europe and (...)

Drinks industry should change way it works to help lower alcohol deaths

Reducing deaths from alcohol-related liver disease need not affect the bottom line of the drinks industry, according to a new article published in Clinical Medicine, the journal of EPHA member the Royal College of Physicians. Using the example of alcohol policy in France over the last 40 years, the study shows that by improving the quality, but reducing the quantity of wine produced, lives were saved while the industry continued to be profitable. The article also shows how damaging the (...)

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