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The newly released Eurobarometer on Attitudes of Europeans Towards Tobacco and Related Products1 paints a concerning picture, to say the least. Nearly one in four Europeans (24%) currently smoke, reflecting only a 1 percentage point decrease from 2020. Meanwhile, e-cigarette use is now up to 6% among the 15-24 age group. This proves that the complete lack of tobacco control measures at the EU level resulted in smoking prevalence dropping only 1 percentage point over 2020-2023. 

Within the framework of Human Rights Council resolution 51/21, the Special Rapporteur on the right to health has identified health equity as a strategic priority, ranging from the underlying determinants of health to the need to eliminate structural and systemic barriers in accessing health care services, goods, and facilities, particularly among persons living under vulnerable or marginalised circumstances. 

SFP responded to the Special Rapporteur on the right to health's call for input. 

The SFP is participating in the conference ‘Challenging Big Industry Narratives: Alcohol, Tobacco, Unhealthy Food and Drinks: Population Measures and Policies’ taking place on June 27-28, in Ljubljana, Slovenia. This conference is organised as part of the FILTERED project – From Siloes to Synergies to Prevent NCDs, co-funded by the European Union (Action Grant, EU4Health Programme).

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, 31/05/2024 – World No Tobacco Day is celebrated each year on the 31st of May. With this year’s topic – protecting children from tobacco industry interference – the WHO wants to draw attention to the predatory marketing practices of tobacco companies to the detriment of the youth. 

This application outlines the planned activities of the SFP Coalition for 2024 and how these align with the goals of the EU4Health Programme. Specifically, SFP's objectives directly contribute to disease prevention, health promotion, and international health cooperation, as outlined in the EU4Health Programme. Additionally, the Commission's 2024 work programme emphasises the importance of initiatives like Europe's Beating Cancer Plan, which aims to reduce tobacco use by 5% and improve health outcomes across the EU. 

Washington, D.C. – Lilia Olefir, Director of the Smoke Free Partnership (SFP) based in Brussels, Belgium, will receive the 2024 Judy Wilkenfeld Award for International Tobacco Control Excellence for her leadership in the fight against tobacco use. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids will honor Ms. Olefir at its annual awards celebration on May 9 in Washington, D.C. 

 

From 23 to 29 April 2024 in Ottawa, Canada, the fourth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution. 

E-cigarettes are now used more than cigarettes among 15-year-olds in Europe, according to the latest WHO Europe report, “A focus on adolescent substance use in Europe, Central Asia and Canada”. Based on the 2021/2022 Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) survey, the report examines substance use among 15-year-olds. 

UK's Vaping Products Duty Consultation

Monday, 22 April 2024
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On 6 March 2024, UK's Ministry of Finance and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) launched a consultation to gather views on the proposals for a new UK wide duty on vaping products. The Consultation will end on 29 May 2024. 

On Tuesday, 16 April 2024, history was made. The UK Tobacco and Vapes Bill, a ground-breaking legislation that will raise the age of sale incrementally every year from 2027 onwards, was passed by 383 votes to 67. The greatest achievement of this Bill is the Age of Sale restriction: this will create a Smoke-free Generation: anyone born on or after 1 January 2009 will never be allowed to buy cigarettes legally. This represents a great victory for the collective good and the health of all Brits. 

 

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, <<04/04/2024>> – The Smoke Free Partnership, a coalition of more than 55 NGOs working on tobacco control at the  European level, published its annual infographic on “Declared Tobacco industry presence in the EU policy-making environment”. The analysis aims to shed light on the human and economic resources the tobacco industry and its allies can count on to lobby the EU institutions. 

The 2023 edition of the Infographic on the Declared Tobacco Industry Presence in the EU Policy-Making Environment is out! 

International Women's Day 2024

Friday, 08 March 2024
SFP News

On this year's International Women's Day, we want to reflect on the way women are differently impacted and often discriminated against by the tobacco industry. 

In its 10th session, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)  Conference of the Parties (COP) has, for the first time, the opportunity to support the development of options for using liability to protect the environment, as suggested by the Draft Decision on WHO FCTC Article 19 initially proposed by Oman, Iran, and Pakistan under agenda item 6.5. 

COP10 Bulletin

Tuesday, 06 February 2024
SFP News

The Tenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP10) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control - the governing body of the global tobacco control treaty – is resuming from 5 to 10 February 2024 in Panama. The COP10 is the most important global tobacco control governing body meeting. 

By failing to publish its proposal on smoke-free environments, heated tobacco products and e-cigarettes/vapes enjoy the same liberties that cigarettes had 30 years ago.

Based on the data presented in this Policy Brief, SFP has produced the following infographics. 

SFP QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER Edition 4, 2023

Wednesday, 10 January 2024
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SFP QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER Edition 3, 2023

Wednesday, 10 January 2024
SFP News

The Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control (GGTC) released the 2023 Global Tobacco Industry Interference Index (Index) and the European region’s results are worrisome. 

 

Following the European Commission’s indefinite delay of the revision of the EU Tobacco Tax Directive (TTD), a new piece of research unveils the cost of delay across the EU. In addition to jeopardising the Europe Beating Cancer Plan’s goal of a Tobacco-Free Generation, the estimated costs of continued inaction are sobering. 

Why tobacco prices and taxes are stagnating in the EU

Monday, 04 September 2023
SFP News

The cost of a pack of Marlboro in 2022 varies in the 27 EU countries from €2,91 in Bulgaria to €15,40 in Ireland, data collected and analysed by the Smoke Free Partnership (SFP) shows.

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