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[Joint press release] EU Presidencies’ statement shows firm leadership and commitment on tobacco

Ireland and Lithuania, the outgoing and incoming Presidencies of the Council of the European Union respectively, reaffirmed last week their strong support to the revised EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). In their statement (1), the Presidencies stress the window of opportunity that the current update of the TPD presents to prevent young Europeans from taking up smoking and encouraging millions of smokers to quit. Brussels, 27 June 2013 – As the Irish and Lithuanian Ministers of (...)

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – let’s talk about lung health!

Let’s give COPD Prevention Policy a breath of Fresh Air! The European COPD Coalition (ECC) organised a free spirometry test (lung capacity assessment) on 10 June at the European Commission headquarters (Berlaymont building ,Brussels) - an awareness raising initiative that benefited from the support and participation of Mr Tonio Borg, EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy. Check your lungs’ health June 21, 2013 - As EPHA reported on 10 June, the European COPD (...)

[Press release] EU Health Ministers need to agree on strong tobacco policy and stop 650,000 Europeans from dying each year

20 June 2013, Brussels - Europe pays a hefty price for its slow action on tobacco, both in economic costs and harm to its citizens’ health and well-being (1). Tomorrow, EU Health Ministers will meet to agree a common position on the revised, smarter Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) (2) “A majority of Europeans support tobacco control policies (3). They deserve a strong commitment both from the EU Health Ministers and the outgoing and upcoming rotating presidencies of the EU - (...)

EPHA and Public Health NGOs call for an updated EU Tobacco Products Directive

On 18 June EPHA, together with eight public health organisations, co-signed a public statement on the proposal for a revision of the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). The signatories urge European leaders to ensure that the TPD is speedily reviewed and updated. The letter reads as follows: As representatives of leading health, medical and non-governmental organisations we urge European leaders to ensure that the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive is speedily reviewed and updated. (...)

Spirometry day - EU Commissioner for health supports lung testing

June 10, 2013 -The European COPD Coalition organised a free spirometry test (lung capacity assessment) on 10 June at the European Commission, Berlaymont Building. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease also known as COPD is a lung and airways disease that is treatable but not curable. It is a deadly Chronic Disease that includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Up to 10% of Europeans are affected by COPD and 200 000 to 300 000 people in Europe die of it every year. In order to highlight (...)

[HEAL report] In Poland, health cost associated with air pollution from coal power generation accounts to 3-8.2 bn euro every year

Burning coal in power plants in Poland results in health costs of PLN 12.5 to 34.4 billion (€3 to 8.2 billion) every year, according to a study presented in Warsaw today by the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), a non-profit alliance of organisations from the health and medical sector. The new study links air pollution from power plants burning coal and lignite with chronic illness and premature deaths in Poland. Health groups warn that the use of coal is harmful and (...)

[Joint media reaction] Minimum Alcohol Price: Scottish High Court on the side of public health

Brussels, 3 May – Today, the Scottish Government has won a case on Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) for alcohol (1) in the Scottish High Court - the first legally-binding minimum price on alcohol within the EU. Now the alcohol industry will have 21 days to decide whether it has grounds for appeal. MUP sets a floor price below which alcohol cannot be legally sold and unlike taxation, MUP prices alcoholic beverages based on their strength. Alcohol misuse hits the poor badly, most of whom (...)

[Joint Press Release] In the fight against alcohol misuse, pricing policies are the way to go

Brussels, 24 April – Today Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from various political groups, along with representatives of governments, leading academics and public health organisations (1), have renewed their support for strong measures to bring down the current high rate of alcohol misuse in Europe. The seminar also served to launch in Europe the ’Alcohol and Cancer’ report (2). “If policy-makers are serious about tackling the danger that heavy (...)

[EPHAC response] Review of the CAP schemes providing agricultural products to school children

This article is a contribution to DG Agriculture public consultation on the Review of the CAP Schemes Providing Agricultural Products to School Children EPHAC response to CONSULTATION ON THE REVIEW OF THE CAP SCHEMES PROVIDING AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS TO SCHOOL CHILDREN EPHAC response is based on our reflection on the Commission’s consultation background documents. Summary: EPHAC welcomes the opportunity to provide the European Commission with input from a public health angle in (...)

International Thalassaemia Day – 8th of May

For the global thalassaemia family, the 8th of May constitutes a very special day as it is dedicated to both commemorate the thalassaemia patients who are no longer with us and to celebrate all those patients who are alive and fighting every day for their right to a better quality of life. Thalassaemia are forms of inherited recessive blood disorders originating in the Mediterranean region. This disease is caused by the weakening and destruction of red blood cells. Thalassaemia is caused (...)

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