• About Us

    About Us

    The Smoke Free Partnership is a partnership of Cancer Research UK, the European Heart Network, Action on Smoking and Health (UK) and the Dutch Cancer Society (DCS). We aim to promote tobacco control advocacy and policy research at EU and national levels in collaboration with other EU health organisations and EU tobacco control networks.

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  • Our Mission

    Our Mission

    We work with policy makers at EU level to ensure that tobacco control receives adequate political attention and increased resources at global level. Our mission is the effective implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

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  • Our Partners

    Our Partners

    SFP draws its strengths from its strong partnership with the European institutions and most importantly its partnerships with EU-level organisations, national organisations, universities and academic centres across the world.

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  • World No Tobacco Day 2017 policy debate

    World No Tobacco Day 2017 policy debate

    On World No Tobacco Day 31 May 2017, SFP along with several public health organisations will organise a policy debate on this year's WNTD theme, Tobacco: a threat to Development.

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  • About Us
  • Our Mission
  • Our Partners
  • World No Tobacco Day 2017 policy debate

About us

SFP is a partnership of Cancer Research UK, the European Heart Network, Action on Smoking and Health (UK) and the Dutch Cancer Society (DCS). 

Our policy work

The Smoke Free Partnerhip works with policy makers at EU level to ensure that tobacco control receives adequate political attention and increased resources at global level.

Become a partner

The SFP Coalition currently has 29 partners across Europe including SFP main partners, associate partners and Coalition partners. We welcome requests to join!

Spotlights on the FCTC

  • What does the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) mean for the EU? If you want to find out, read the first issue of a series of briefings “Spotlight on the FCTC”.

  • This second issue of "Spotlight on the FCTC" highlights how the European Commission, European Parliament and EU Member States have met, or in some cases failed to meet, their obligations to tackle second-hand smoke, according to Article 8 of the convention.

  • The third issue of the Spotlight on the FCTC focused on the role of article 5.3 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in protecting public policy from tobacco industry influence.

  • The fourth issue of the Spotlight on the FCTC focuses on the European Commission proposals to amend EU Directives on the rates and structure of taxes on manufactured cigarettes.

  • The fifth issue of the Spotlight on the FCTC focuses on tobacco and development policy as well as Articles 22 and 26, which cover technical assistance and financial resources respectively.

  • The sixth issue of the Spotlight on the FCTC focuses on Article 15 and the proposed Protocol, which will aim to legally commit the Parties to take action against the global illicit trade of tobacco products.

  • The seventh issue of the Spotlight on the FCTC focuses on Article 14 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which covers tobacco dependence and cessation.

  • The eighth issue of the Spotlight on the FCTC focuses on Articles 11 and 13 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which covers the labelling and packaging of tobacco products.

SmokeFree Partnership Updates

20 June 2017: High level conference on tobacco and research

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

On 20 June 2017 SFP organised a high level conference on tobacco and research, bringing together leading academics, researchers, and policy makers in research to address the gaps in tobacco control policy research in Europe, explain the need for synergistic relationships between research and policy, and discuss how partnerships in tobacco control research could be developed in Europe and other parts of the world

Press Release: On World No Tobacco Day 2017, implementation of key Framework Convention on Tobacco Control provisions highlighted as political priority globally

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Brussels, 31 May 2017– On World No Tobacco Day, public health organisations call for speeding up the implementation of the FCTC at EU and regional level, as a way to ensure the fulfilment of the Sustainable Development agenda.

World No Tobacco Day 2017 policy debate on "Tobacco: A Threat to Development"

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
World No Tobacco Day 2017 policy debate on "Tobacco: A Threat to Development"

On World No Tobacco Day 31 May 2017, SFP along with several public health organisations will organise a policy debate on this year's WNTD theme, "Tobacco: a threat to Development", hosted by Linda McAvan MEP, Chair of the European Parliament Development Committee. 

Join us with high level speakers including Health Commissioner Andriukaitis and representatives of the WHO, the World Bank and international tobacco control advocates to discuss the importance of tobacco control to sustainable development.

 

Czech Republic enforces smoking ban after years of debate

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Prague, 2 June 2017- Following the new law banning smoking in public places approved by the Czech Parliament and the President back on February 2017, the smoking ban in Czech Republic is finally in effect since Wednesday 31 May 2017.

Cancer Research UK: Cutting smoking rates could save the NHS £67 million a year

Friday, May 12th, 2017

London, 11 May 2017 -- A new study published in Tobacco Control, developed by researchers at the UK Research Forum and commissioned by Cancer Research UK, examined the health and economic impact of the UK becoming ‘tobacco-free’ - where less than 5% of the population smoke. The study predicts that achieving this target would avoid nearly 100,000 new cases of smoking-related disease including 35,900 cancers over 20 years.

Press release: Standardised Packaging of Tobacco to be signed into law, to come into force in September Part of efforts to have Ireland tobacco free by 2025

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Dublin, 29 March 2017- Minister for Health, Simon Harris and Minister of State, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy today (Wednesday) announced that the legislation for the standardised packaging of tobacco is to come into force in September 2017.  This follows the signing of the commencement order today (Wednesday) by Minister Corcoran Kennedy for the standardised packaging provisions of the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Act 2015.

High Level Conference report: Combating Tobacco Industry Tactics: State of Play and a Way Forward

The conference report highlights the challenges in the implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and specifically its Article 5.3 which asks governments to protect public health from the interference of the tobacco industry.

High Level Conference Report

Roundtable on Article 20 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)

12 October 2016. SFP organised a roundtable on Research, Surveillance and Exchange of Information (FCTC Art 20) hosted by MEP Linda McAvan. The overall objective of the roundtable was to raise awareness of and support for Article 20 of the FCTC in order to ensure this important article is no longer overlooked and gets the attention it deserves amongst all policy makers in charge of research within the European Union.

SFP and The Union Capacity Building Seminar on Taxation and Illicit Trade of Tobacco Products

20-21 June 2016. SFP together with the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease,  held a 2-day Capacity Building Seminar that took place in Bratislava. The aim of this seminar was to strengthen the training developed by SFP in previous years in order to effectively support national, European and international policy initiatives in line with Articles 6 (taxation) and 15 (illicit trade) of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) as well as the EU approach with regards to taxation and illicit trade.

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