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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 (...)

EPHA Annual Review 2012

Welcome to EPHA’s 2012 annual report – an overview of our successes and challenges of the year. Our 2012 Annual Conference – Restructuring health systems: How to promote health in times of austerity? - marked the second year that EPHA’s annual public event had raised a major issue with high-level participation. Our aim was to bring to the attention of European policy makers and colleagues one of the biggest health challenges in the impact of the crisis on health. I (...)

EPHA Secretary General’s article on Commissioner-designate Borg

Last Tuesday in Brussels, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) questioned Maltese Tonio Borg on his nomination to take up the Commission Health and Consumer Protection portfolio. As it became evident in the three hour public hearing, MEPs were interested in his views on non-discrimination, sexual reproductive health and rights, and fundamental rights. The main concerns voiced by MEPs were the delays to tobacco legislation and assurances on his views on women’s rights and (...)

[EPHA Press Release] Denmark’s fat duty - latest victim of food politics

Brussels, 14 November - Only a year after introducing a duty on foods containing more than 2.3 percent saturated fat, the Danish government has abolished the world’s first fat tax. A move that, based on an unproven impact to the competitiveness of Danish business and alleged loss of local jobs, will undoubtedly have an effect on consumption patterns and subsequent health of Danes. It also removes Denmark from its leading position on tackling obesity and protecting public health (...)

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[Update] Audiovisual Media Service Directive Implementation report adopted by the European Parliament 7th EAP- General Action Programme - THE 7TH ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMME (EAP) (updated on 18 March 2013) Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) – EP report - EU-wide plan to tackle the proliferation of AMR (updated on 7 November 2013) CAP reform – new regulations - Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) revision for 2014-2020 (updated on 5 April 2013) Car noise pollution - new EU (...)

New European statistics released on heart disease and stroke

Figures show significant drop in mortality, but the scale of the problem is huge and will increase. Released by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and the European Heart Network (EHN), these figures represent the first comprehensive overview of the impact of cardiovascular disease (CVD) since 2008. The statistics show that efforts to reduce heart disease deaths are successful, with mortality now falling in most of the continent. At the same time, the report shows the huge burden CVD (...)

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