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14/03/2014

[Press release] Council puts people living in Europe closer to a tobacco regulation better fit for purpose

18 December 2013, Brussels –The European Council, via the heads and deputy of mission from the EU member states (so-called COREPER), has today endorsed (1) an agreement for the new EU Tobacco Product Directive (TPD) reached by the European Parliament and the European Council on Monday. This deal will make tobacco packages less attractive so fewer people start smoking, in particular young people who have been heavily targeted by the tobacco industry in recent years. Crucially, the (...)
6/02/2014

[European Coalition for Vision (ECV) statement] Damaging Effects of Smoking on Eye Health

11 December 2013 - The European Coalition for Vision (ECV) has issued a statement regarding the damaging effects of smoking on eye health, the regulation of electronic cigarettes and the link between nicotine and blindness. In the statement the European Coalition for Vision (ECV) welcomes the adoption of harmonised controls on the sale and supply of electronic cigarettes in Europe and due to questions over the impact of nicotine on eye health, puts forward the following recommendations: (...)
29/11/2013

[Event Press Release] Lessons to address the poor state of COPD care in Europe and research in Horizon 2020

To mark World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day 2013, the European COPD Coalition (ECC) (1), and the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA) (2) organised an event (3) under the auspices of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU). The conference entitled “What role for diseases and patients in shaping Horizon 2020? A COPD case study of patient involvement” discussed the EU Framework (...)
26/11/2013

[Save the date] What role for diseases and patients in shaping Horizon 2020? – A COPD case study of patient involvement

The European COPD Coalition (ECC) and the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA), under the patronage of the Lithuanian EU presidency, invite you to a conference and (lung) spirometry test to mark 2013 World COPD Day. 28 November 2013 - Lithuanian EU Presidency calendar (Lithuanian version) EVENT’S AGENDA Agenda online What is COPD? Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – COPD – is a treatable but irreversible (...)
25/11/2013

[The Economist Intelligence Unit’s report] Heart Disease - The heart of the matter

’The heart of the matter: Rethinking prevention of cardiovascular disease’ is an Economist Intelligence Unit report. It investigates the health challenges posed by cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the developed and the developing world, and examines the need for a fresh look at prevention. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the world’s leading killer. It accounted for 30% of deaths around the globe in 2010 at an estimated total economic cost of over US$850bn.he common feature (...)
20/11/2013

[Joint press statement] Eurocare and EPHA response to misleading industry media campaign ahead of the 13th plenary meeting of the European Alcohol and Health Forum

Brussels, 20 November 2013 - Following the news that a number of Eurocare members and EPHA partners representing young people have withdrawn from the European Alcohol and Health Forum (EAHF) (1), a number of inaccurate claims have been made by the alcohol industry to undermine an ambitious future EU Action Plan on alcohol-related harm and NGO commitments to achieve this. In several media articles, alcohol industry representatives (2) have attempted to misrepresent the reasons why these (...)
26/11/2013

[Member organisation’s Press Release] EFA and ECC host an event to mark World COPD Day

To mark World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day 2013, the European COPD Coalition (ECC) , and the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA) are organising an event under the auspices of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU). The conference entitled “What role for diseases and patients in shaping Horizon 2020? A COPD case study of patient involvement” will take place in the Residence (...)
12/12/2013

Cardiovascular health takes centre stage in Brussels

4 November 2013, London - The first ever Cardiovascular Health Week kicks off today in the European Parliament in Brussels. It will go on until 8 November 2013 with awareness-raising activities around the theme ‘Mind Your Heart – for a Heart Healthy Europe’. The initiative is organised by the Members of the European Parliament (MEP) Heart Group, under the auspices of the European Parliament and with the support of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and of the (...)
25/10/2013

[European Environment Agency - 2013 Air quality report] Try to Keep your Breath while Counting your Money

The European Environment Agency (EEA) launched its air quality in Europe report (2013) on a European Policy Centre (EPC) Breakfast Policy Briefing together with Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment. EPHA took part in the debate on behalf of the European COPD Coalition (ECC) as air quality has a great impact on health -and in particular, on respiratory diseases such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). 2013 as the European Year of Air - The policy (...)
8/10/2013

[Joint press statement] Mixed victory for tobacco control in European Parliament’s vote

The European public health and tobacco control community cautiously welcomes the European parliament’s plenary vote today to start negotiations with the Council in view of reaching agreement on a Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). The text adopted in plenary is not perfect, however it does maintain a high level of protection of public health in some areas and advances EU tobacco control in several areas compared to the legislation in force. The Parliament plenary voted today to (...)

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