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[Event] Big alcohol, big tobacco, big influence. New vectors for global diseases

You are invited to a Westminster debate: health policy making for the 21st century: unhealthy environments, vested interests or inadequate people? Tuesday 1 April 2014 | 14:00–16:00 | Committee Room 8, The Palace of Westminster The dominant global diseases of the 19th and 20th centuries were typically infections and malnutrition associated with poverty and unhealthy environments. According to the World Health Organization the leading diseases in the 21st century are the so called (...)

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 (...)

[Event report] Launch of the European Coalition for Vision (ECV) & its Manifesto for the European Elections

The European Coalition for Vision (ECV) held its launch event in the European Parliament on 4 February 2014, which marked the Coalition’s manifesto for the European Parliament elections. The manifesto presented in an event hosted by the Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Marian Harkin (ALDE, IE) and co-hosted by MEP Elisabetta Gardini (EPP, IT) and MEP Catherine Stihler (S&D, UK) calls on the European Parliament to use its significant powers to improve the lives of people (...)

[Press release] The European Parliament stands on the public health side in tobacco vote

Brussels, 26 February 2014 — Today, the European Parliament endorsed an agreement for a new EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) reached with the Council last December (1). “This vote comes not a moment too soon given the challenges in reaching the adoption of the Tobacco Products Directive. The European Public Health Alliance hopes this will encourage Member States to strengthen their tobacco control measures, following examples from progressive global leaders in tobacco (...)

[Press release] Ireland leads the way in Europe in tackling the tobacco epidemic

Brussels, 23 January 2014 — Today, the Irish parliament, the Oireachtas, launched a consultation on a draft public health bill that introduces standardised tobacco packaging. If the bill passes, Ireland will become the first EU Member State—the second country in the world after Australia—to ban branding from tobacco product packaging. The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) has sent (1) an open letter to the Oireachtas’ Chair of the Committee on Health and (...)

[Save the date] Launch of the European Coalition for Vision (ECV) & its Manifesto for the European Elections

4 February 2014, 10.00 – 12.00 | Venue: The European Parliament – Strasbourg (Atrium “Swan bar” area, grand floor, Winston Churchill (WIC) building). The European Coalition for Vision (ECV) invites you to the Launch of the European Coalition for Vision (ECV) & the ECV Elections Manifesto SAVE THE DATE Event hosted by MEP Marian Harkin (ALDE, IE) ************************************************************** The European Coalition for Vision (ECV) Manifesto (...)

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week | 19 - 25 January 2014

The European Institute of Women’s Health (EIWH) invites its members, friends and colleagues to join them in celebrating the 8th Annual European Cervical Cancer Prevention Weekraising awareness of this uniquely preventable cancer, the second most common cancer worldwide in women under the age of forty-four. In the EU, 31,300 women develop and 13,600 die from cervical cancer annually with higher rates in new Member States. On average, there are 175,000 women living with cervical cancer (...)

[Event report] What role for diseases and patients in shaping Horizon 2020? - A COPD case study of patient involvement

On the 28th of November 2013, the European COPD Coalition (ECC) and the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients Association (EFA) celebrated World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day 2013 together. The conference held under the auspices of the Lithuanian EU Presidency discussed the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation – Horizon 2020, and standards of care for COPD, with a patient’s perspective. The conference offered free (...)

[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 (...)

[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: (...)

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