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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 (...)

[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 (...)

[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 (...)

[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 (...)

[EPHA Briefing] Mobile Health (mHealth)

September 2013 -Prior to the publication of the European Commission’s Green Paper on mobile Health (mHealth) later this year, EPHA is releasing a briefing paper that highlights some of the principal issues related to the debate. Mobile health – also known as mHealth – can be understood as the use of mobile and wireless devices to improve health outcomes, healthcare services and health research. It is a component of the larger discipline of eHealth, which in turn can be (...)

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 (...)

Join FC Barcelona to test your lungs for free (Barcelona, 6 & 7 September 2013)

FC Barçelona, the European Commission (EC) and the European Lung Foundation (ELF) invite you to ‘score a goal for lung health’ at an open public event at Plaça de la Universitat, Barcelona on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th of September. This one-off, interactive event calls on members of the public to test their lung health and learn more about the ‘Quit Smoking With Barça’programme. Over 20 health professionals will be onsite to offer free lung function testing (...)

Sign the ERS petition for a strong Tobacco Products Directive!

The European Respiratory Society Tobacco Control Committee invites everyone to sign its petition calling for the strongest possible Tobacco Products Directive – your signatures will be sent to all Members of the European Parliament. Approximately 700 000 EU citizens die prematurely every year because of tobacco consumption. Seize the opportunity to vote for the strongest health-protecting Directive possible A large proportion of these deaths are caused by respiratory diseases such (...)

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 (...)

Tobacco Products Directive - European Parliament Committee sides with people, not with tobacco industry

10 July, Brussels – Today, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have taken a significant step forward in the race against the massive harm that smoking causes to millions in Europe. In a vote on the revised EU Tobacco Product Directive (TPD), the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) supported stronger measures to prevent young Europeans from taking up smoking and encourage millions of smokers to quit. People living in (...)

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