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.
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.
Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
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.