• 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

SFP and EPHA jointly call on the Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs to maintain and enforce the smoke-free legislation in Austria

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Brussels, 23 November 2017 - SFP’s Director Florence Berteletti and Nina Renshaw, Secretary-General of the European Public Health Alliance have signed a letter addressed to Sebastian Kurz, Minister of Foreign Affairs and designated Prime Minister of Austria, expressing the Public Health community’s concern with the implementation of the smoke-free legislation in Austria. 

The implementation proposed some changes, most notably the introduction of exemptions for the hospitality industry. With this letter, SFP and EPHA stress the importance and evidence-base behind of smoke-free policies, and in particular the necessity for comprehensive laws. Smoke-free legislation covering all public spaces is more effective, easier to enforce, and have been proven not to harm the hospitality sector and restaurant industry. In the absence of these laws, Austria still ranks among the countries in Europe with the least protection from second-hand smoke. smoking bans do not harm the hospitality sector or the restaurant industry. 

Adoption of the EU system for tracking and tracing, the civil society remains cautious

Friday, December 1st, 2017

Brussels, 1st December 2017 – Member States approved the European Commission’s proposals for implementing acts on articles 15(11) and 16(2) of the Tobacco Products Directive, establishing technical standards for the EU tracking and tracing system and for security features applied to tobacco products.

Prevent20

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
Prevent20

More than 20% of all cancer deaths in the world are attributable to tobacco smoking. Each one of these deaths is entirely preventable through measures of tobacco control, amongst which tobacco taxation has been proveen to be the single most effective intervention. With this rationale in mind, the Prevent20 Coalition aims at uniting cancer organisations around the world to convince governments to reduce cancer deaths by increasing tobacco taxation.

 

Press release: Ukraine approves a 7-year plan for increasing taxes on cigarettes: benefits and challenges.

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Kiev, 13 December 2017 - the Parliament of Ukraine plans to increase excise taxes on tobacco in 2018 by 30%, and approves a 7-year plan for increasing taxes on cigarettes. The team of the NGO "Life" have prepared a press release with details, benefits and challenges of the plan.

Press release: ASH Welcomes New Tobacco Control Plan for England: Funding needed for it to succeed

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

London, 18 July 2017: Action on Smoking and Health has welcomed the Government’s new Tobacco Control Plan for England, “Towards a Smokefree Generation”, published today. [1] 

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.

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.

E-mail: info@smokefreepartnership.eu
Phone: +32 (0) 2 430 73 59
Address: Rue de l'Industrie 24, 1040 Brussels, Belgium

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