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Attitudes of Europeans Towards Air Quality

Air quality is a major concern for European citizens and is an area in which the EU has been particularly active over the last 30 years. As part of continuing efforts to improve air quality and air pollution, the European Commission is currently undertaking a comprehensive review of EU air policy, with a view to revising the Thematic Strategy on Air Pollution and associated legislation in 2013. The EU’s key objective in relation to air quality is "to achieve levels of air quality (...)

[Press Release] The revised Tobacco Directive - the beginning of the end of tobacco industry led policy-making?

19 December, Brussels – EPHA welcomes today’s release of the revised Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) by Health Commissioner Borg. With stronger measures on e-cigarettes, tobacco flavouring and the shape of cigarettes and packs, this proposal is good news for the further protection of people’s health across Europe. Among other proposals, the Directive recommends pictorial health warnings that cover 75% of cigarette packs. Whilst it is to be applauded as a great move to (...)

Nutri-Medias: A new tool empowering young people when facing food industry advertisement

COFACE, the Confederation of Family Organisations in the European Union, recently launched a new education tool in the arena of food and nutrition aimed at emphasising the link between food marketing and advertising. Due to the fact that the majority of studies evaluating the links between food marketing/advertising and young peoples’ behaviours are sponsored, in one way or another, very few of these studies are trustworthy. Yet, these papers do emphasise the impact that advertising (...)

CAMbrella urges coordinated approach to Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM) research

The final CAMbrella conference took place on 29 November 2012, showcasing the fruit of the 3-year pan-European CAM research project - the long-awaited ’’Roadmap for European CAM Research’’ that includes the findings of the work packages and provides conclusions and recommendations for a future research agenda. To kick off the conference, Dr. Wolfgang Weidenhammer, CAMbrella project coordinator based at University of Munich, recalled that CAMbrella is a so-called (...)

The European Commission publishes two important reports on alcohol marketing and young people

In November 2012, the European Commission published two important reports following presentation of the preliminary findings during the last meeting of the European Alcohol and Health Forum. The documents bring fresh evidence on young people’s exposure to alcohol marketing, a domain that is currently self-regulated by the alcohol industry themselves. According to the 2010 Eurobarometer study conducted by the European Commission, 77% of respondents, from across the 27 Member States, (...)

Plain cigarette packaging introduced today in Australia

Today, December 1st, Australia is making public health history by being the first country in the world to implement plain packaging for cigarettes. After long debates, strong pressure from the tobacco industry that went as far as to the country’s High Court, Australia becomes today the first country in the world to sell its cigarettes in plain packaging. Consisting of a standard shape without branding, design, logo or any promotional text, and the brand name appearing in a standard (...)

[Press Release] Economic policies must address the real impact of crisis on people living in Europe

Brussels, 30 November – The 3rd Annual Growth Survey (AGS), setting out what the European Commission believes must be the EU’s priorities for the coming 12 months in terms of economic, budgetary policies and reforms to boost growth and employment, was released on November 28.(1) The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) welcomes the survey as it recommends moving away from austerity policies (2), which are difficult for European populations and economies, and places an (...)

Sign up to the Doha Declaration on Climate, Health & Well-being! (Deadline: 2 December 2012)

The 18th international climate change conference (COP18) kicked off this Monday 26 November and will continue until Friday, 7 December in Doha, Qatar. This is an unique opportunity to articulate the public health community’s main messages on global warming and raise awareness on the serious public health effects of climate change. ‘You cannot tackle hunger, disease, and poverty unless you can also provide people with a healthy ecosystem’ - Gro Harlem Brundtland What (...)

EPHA public statement on the European Parliament’s nomination of Dr Borg as new European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy

Brussels, November 22 - The European Parliament yesterday confirmed Malta’s Dr Tonio Borg as the new European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy. During last week’s hearing at the European Parliament (1), Dr Borg committed to abide by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (2), to proactively combat discrimination, and to fully respect the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) community. Dr Borg also pledged to support the (...)

WHO agrees on 25% decrease target in non-communicable diseases-related premature mortality by 2025

On 9 November 2012, the World Health Organization (WHO) Member States agreed on a list of global targets to be achieved by 2025. The goals have the general objective of decreasing premature mortality from non-communicable diseases by 25%, the so-called "25 by 25". The framework consists of nine global targets and 25 indicators. Initiated by recommendations from a WHO Working Group on non-communicable diseases targets back in July 2011, and after a series of open consultations, WHO Member (...)

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