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
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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.

On 14 August 2023, the Smoke Free Partnership made its official submission to the United Nations Environment Programme Plastics Secretariat ahead of the third session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution.


SFP's Senior Advisor Luk Joosens assesses the implementation of the tracking and tracing system in countries party to the WHO FCTC Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products.


Tuesday, 20 June 2023
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SFP Policy Actions & Communications

SFP Input into Consultations:

- SFP made its submission to the European Commissions public consultation on the evaluation of the General Framework for Tobacco Control (TPD and TAD). Many thanks to coalition partners for their support and for sending in their contributions to the submission process.


SFP is a coalition of NGOs working exclusively on EU policy analysis and advocacy linked to the implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Our vision is a world free from the death and suffering caused by tobacco consumption.

To this end, SFP works with decision makers to ensure that tobacco control receives adequate political attention at EU level and to promote tobacco control information and policy research at EU and national level, in collaboration with other EU health organizations and tobacco control networks. It also aims to ensure FCTC implementation globally, and is working to release EU funding for tobacco control to counter poverty in developing countries.

The Smoke Free Partnership (SFP)  will be participating in the Second Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Plastic Pollution (INC-2) to advocate for a ban on cigarette filters.

SFP is in Paris from 29 May to 2 June, to join forces with the Stop Tobacco Pollution Alliance (STPA) and push for key messages to ensure that the currently negotiated UN plastic treaty talks align with EU and global legal tobacco control commitments.

The  Smoke Free Partnership (SFP) is participating in the Second Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Plastic Pollution (INC-2) to advocate for a ban on cigarette filters.

Summary: In April 2023, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) released its options paper that summarizes a set of objectives, substantive provisions, including core obligations, control measures, voluntary approaches, implementation measures, and means of implementation for the upcoming plastics treaty talks.

The Smoke Free Partnership (SFP) will be participating in the Second Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Plastic Pollution (INC-2) to advocate for a ban on cigarette filters.

Summary: UNEA Resolution 5/14 calls for the development of a global plastics treaty. Formal negotiations start at the end of November 2022. The treaty is expected to address the issue of Single Use Plastics (SUPs), under which cigarette filters have been classified.


The Stop Tobacco Pollution Alliance (STPA)- Tobacco in Plastics Policies

Thursday, 01 June 2023
SFP News, Products Regulation

The Smoke Free Partnership (SFP)  is participating in the Second Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Plastic Pollution (INC-2) to advocate for a ban on cigarette filters.

Summary: Measures to address plastics, especially single-use plastics, should align with the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Cigarette filters are plastic fibres that have been linked to a more aggressive form of cancer. The filter is a design feature that, if removed, could reduce consumer appeal.

The Smoke Free Partnership (SFP) is participating in the Second Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Plastic Pollution (INC-2) to advocate for a ban on cigarette filters.

Summary: The tobacco industry is facing a potential ban on plastic filters. Filters are toxic waste, as they release harmful chemicals, including heavy metals and radioactive substances, as they decompose. There is no viable treatment or recycling solution for these products. Such a ban poses a threat to the industry's profitability, and as a result, manufacturers are seeking to circumvent such a ban by creating “biodegradable filters.”

In resonance with WHO’s World No Tobacco Day 2023 theme of “We need food, not tobacco”, SFP calls for transitioning away from tobacco farming.

Key facts:

1. EU continues to subsidise tobacco farming through its Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to a tune of between €100 and €270 million over 5 years

2. Migrants including minors in Italy were forced to work 12-hour days without contracts or protective equipment, being paid as little as €3 an hour.

3. Tobacco cultivation contaminates food crops with toxic nicotine, posing a public health threat.

The Smoke Free Partnership (SFP), a coalition of more than 50 NGOs working in tobacco control, expresses concern over the event “Recipe for a Smoke-Free Europe: Learnings from the Swedish Experience” that will be hosted in the European Parliament on 31 May, which is the World No Tobacco Day. The focus of the event is the use of alternative nicotine products in Sweden.

SFP urges the European Parliament to not host any events that could be linked to an industry that is responsible for 700,000 deaths within the EU annually.

This application summary details the activities planned by the SFP Coalition for 2023 and how SFP’s objectives contribute directly to the first goal of the EU4Health Programme: “To improve and foster health in the Union: disease prevention & health promotion and international health initiatives & cooperation”. One of the Commissions 2023 work programme objectives 3.5 Promoting our European Way of Life (prevention package) highlights that “The Commission will continue the implementation of the ambitious Beating Cancer Plan, one of the pillars of a strong European Health Union”.

On April 18, 2023, the EU Ombudsman released a preliminary opinion following its own-initiative inquiry on the transparency of meetings between the European Commission with tobacco interest representatives which originated in 2020 and 2021.


Wednesday, 29 March 2023
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SFP Policy Actions & Communications

Tobacco Taxation and Products Regulation:

- The Tobacco Tax Directive which was planned for December 7, 2022 according to the agenda of Commissioners, has been postponed. SFP held meetings with Commission representatives: Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union and with the Cabinet of Commissioner Gentiloni. 

- A public consultation on the evaluation of the General Framework for Tobacco Control (TPD and TAD) was launched by DG SANTE. The deadline for submission is May 16, 2023. SFP will share a draft with you by the end of April.

- On March 1, 2023 the Commission adopted an IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU), amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/574 on technical standards for the establishment and operation of a traceability system for tobacco products.

SFP is searching for a new Communications Intern

Wednesday, 15 February 2023
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The Communications Intern supports the implementation of the SFP multi-annual strategy and annual work plans. S/he will work closely with the SFP Director within a small team and will have cross-cutting responsibilities to support the communication of SFP’s work towards its stakeholders. S/he will assist SFP’s communications strategy and will represent SFP and its positions externally. In addition, the Communications intern will ensure the two-way communication with SFP Coalition members and the timely reaction to network and partner requests.

Brussels, 21 December:The 2022 edition of SFP Infographic on the Ddeclared Tobacco Industry Presence in the EU Policy-Making Environment is out. 

SFP Newsletter holiday edition

Tuesday, 20 December 2022
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Dear colleagues and friends,

As the end of the year is approaching, we would like to thank you for all the support and wish you happy holidays. Much has changed in this past year at SFP and we appreciate your support during this transition period. As you know, Lilia Olefir has been appointed Director of SFP in September 2022. Lilia worked as Executive Director of Advocacy Centre LIFE before joining SFP as Policy and Communications Manager.

SFP as part of the EU4Health Civil Society Alliance has published a joint paper on the ways to build more meaningful engagement of public health civil society organisations in EU policy-making. 

Brussels, 15 December 2022 - The new Smoke Free Partnership (SFP) interactive map of smoke-free legislation shows that several European countries are failing to adequately protect their citizens from tobacco smoke in public places.

Brussels, 15 December 2022: The Smoke Free Partnership (SFP) welcomes the Commission’s initiative to revise the 2009 Recommendation on smoke-free environments. SFP agrees that such a revision is much needed, given the latest market developments, the latest findings of studies regarding the impact of tobacco smoke and emerging products’ aerosols on health and the environment, the specific vulnerability of children to second-hand and third-hand tobacco smoke, and the wide divergence of smoke-free laws across Member States.

The Smoke Free Partnership (SFP) and the Comité National Contre le Tabagisme (CNCT) welcome the European Commission’s initiative to conduct a fitness check of the application of the Polluter Pays Principle (PPP) to the environment. We are contributing to this process by providing input on the limits of the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme, a form of PPP, as it was introduced by the Single-Use Plastics (SUP) Directive, when it comes to tobacco product waste.

Norwegian Cancer Society, 5 December 2022: The tobacco industry should be made accountable to people, society and the environment via a tobacco industry levy that can be used for instance for smoking cessation services and the removal of environmental waste (cigarette butts, snus pouches and e-cigarettes).

Please find the details in the translation of Norwegian Cancer Society's paper Introduce a 'polluter pays' tobacco industry levy on profits from tobacco sales.

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