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# Partner News

Spotlight Article: Belgian Alliance for a Smoke Free Society welcomes three new measures bringing us another step towards a smoke free generation

Wednesday, 24 July 2019 10:36

Plain packaging for cigarettes and rolling tobacco will be a reality in Belgium as of 1 January 2020. The Belgian Alliance for a Smoke Free Society congratulated the Minister of Health De Block and her administration as this measure is crucial for allowing children to grow up smoke free and to protect them from tobacco addiction.

Press Release (FR): Tous les partis politiques se rallient derrière Générations Sans Tabac Un soutien massif pour des mesures antitabac efficaces

Friday, 22 March 2019 11:20

22 mars 2019 – Tous les grands partis politiques soutiennent le principe de l’initiative Générations Sans Tabac, qui veut que tout enfant né à partir de 2019 puisse grandir sans tabac et ne se mette pas à fumer. Il existe en outre un soutien massif de la part des milieux politiques, qui désirent prendre les mesures nécessaires afin que la première génération sans tabac devienne une réalité d’ici 2037. Telles sont les conclusions du débat politique organisé ce matin à Bruxelles par l’Alliance pour une Société sans Tabac. L’Alliance souhaite que le principe défendu par l’initiative Générations Sans Tabac soit intégré aux accords de gouvernement fédéral et régionaux et que les prochains gouvernements élaborent un plan antitabac ambitieux et cohérent.

STOP is expressing grave concern in light of PMI speaker at OECD Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum

Thursday, 21 March 2019 15:51

21 March 2019: The sesssion, titled “Responsible Lobbying: Aligning Profit for Public Good” should not include a tobacco industry representative: one cannot speak of integrity and responsibility when it comes to tobacco industry interference.

Big Tobacco is no friend to Women!

Friday, 08 March 2019 15:34

8th March 2019: The International Network of Women against Tobacco (INWAT) calls out the Phillip Morris International (PMI) “Week of Women,” – a so called celebration of International Women’s Day a hoax.

Press Release: Ukraine keeps raising taxes on tobacco to cut down smoking rates

Tuesday, 19 February 2019 16:12

Kiev, 19 February 2019 - Ukraine reports a decrease in the sales of cigarettes, in line with the country's successful steps towards increasing tobacco taxes in the past years. The SFP Coalition Partner NGO Advocacy Center 'Life' has prepared a press release with additional information.

Press Release: Smoking prevalence among children in Ukraine has decreased by 43% over the last 12 years

Thursday, 22 November 2018 09:28

Kiev, 15 November 2018 - Newly published results from the Global Youth Tobacco Survey show improvements in smoking prevalence rates among Ukrainian children. The SFP Coalition Partner NGO Advocacy Center 'Life' has prepared a press release with additional information.

The Lithuanian example: reducing tobacco industry interference

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:21

Vilnius, February 2017 - Early last year, Lithuania reached a consensus position on tobacco industry interference. On this occasion, our SFP Coalition partner, the Lithuanian National Tobacco and Alcohol Control Coalition (NTAKK) prepared a statement with more information.

World No Tobacco Day 2018 in Romania - summary of activities

Thursday, 23 August 2018 10:11

The Romanian Pneumology and Cardiology Societies have released an executive summary of the 2018 No Tobacco Campaign, available below.

Sign Spanish NGOs petition for smoke-free beaches!

Thursday, 23 August 2018 09:44

Nofumadores.org have created a petition to ban all smoking on Spanish beaches. Having achieved almost 120,000 signatures in two weeks, Nofumadores intends to take those signatures to the Health Ministry in the first weeks of September. Spanish beaches welcome millions of people each year, therefore, the policy could have an important impact on second-hand smoking and also contribute to a reduction of toxic waste produced by cigarette butts in our oceans. The petition can be found at:


SFP’s letter raises concern over the Tobacco Industry’s interference in Romania’s participation to Europalia 2019.

Thursday, 14 December 2017 12:49

Brussels, 4 December 2017 – the Smoke Free Partnership, the Belgian Foundation against Cancer and the Romanian Association for Health Promotion have signed a letter, written with the support of over 35 other tobacco control and public health organisations, urging the Minister of Culture of Romania to reconsider the involvement of the tobacco industry in the organisation of the country’s participation to Europalia 2019.  

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

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 14:29

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, 18 July 2017 09:45

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, 02 June 2017 14:05

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, 12 May 2017 13:32

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, 30 March 2017 12:44

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.

Press Release: The smoking prevalence among young people has been reduced by 28% – Kyiv International Institute of Sociology

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 09:00

Kyiv, 28 March 2017-  Read SFP's Coalition partner LIFE press release on reduction of 28% of smoking prevalence rate among young people in Ukraine.

Tobacco control bill adopted by the government of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Thursday, 16 February 2017 10:20

Sarajevo - SFP is glad to share the good news from Bosnia and Herzegovina and its partner PROI about adoption of tobacco control bill by the government.

Slovenia adopts plain packaging

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 10:18

Brussels - Congratulations to SFP Coalition Partners No excuse Slovenia and Slovenian Coalition for Public Health, Environment and Tobacco Control for their tireless advocacy to support this legislation in the last year.

Joint Statement: CETA is an unhealthy deal: lessons to be learnt for future EU trade policy

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 10:17

Brussels - The European Parliament in the presence of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rubber-stamped the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada.

New law banning smoking in public places approved by the Czech Parliament and the President

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 10:16

Prague - We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 the Czech Parliament and the President approved a new law banning smoking in many public places.

Lithuanian tobacco control organisations sign a consensus position to protect tobacco control policy from interference of the tobacco industry

Tuesday, 07 February 2017 10:15

Vilnius - SFP’s partner NTAKK together with major Lithuanian institutions involved in tobacco control policy have co-signed a consensus position regarding their commitment to protect tobacco control policy from interference of the tobacco industry.

Czech Republic takes further step towards smokefree policies

Thursday, 19 January 2017 10:14

Prague - On Thursday, 19 January 2017 the Czech Senate voted by a wide margin (45-12) to approve a smoking ban in bars, restaurants and cafes in the Czech Republic.

Tobaksfacta produces film on Sweden's implementation of the EU's Tobacco Products Directive

Thursday, 19 January 2017 10:13

Stockholm - SFP's partner Tobaksfakta has recently produced a film named Kiosken around the topic of Sweden's implementation of the EU's Tobacco Products Directive

Press release by Norwegian Cancer Society: Parliament adopts Standardised packaging to save lives and prevent suffering

Friday, 09 December 2016 10:12

Oslo - Members of Parliament voted in favour of standardised packaging of tobacco products despite intense lobbying by the tobacco industry to sway politicians against the measure.

Swedish Tobaksfakta giving extra emphasis to information on new tobacco regulations

Thursday, 01 December 2016 10:08

Stockholm - SFP's Coalition partner Tobaksfakta have received funds from the Public Health Agency for a project that will help to increase public knowledge and awareness of important news in the Tobacco Act.

ASH Press release: Tobacco industry appeal against standard packs law rejected

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 10:11

London - The Appeal Court has today handed down a ruling rejecting the tobacco industry’s appeal against the law requiring standardised packaging of cigarettes and hand-rolled tobacco.[1]

Press release by Advocacy Center LIFE: Big Tobacco Tiny Targets: Tobacco Industry is Marketing Deadly Product to Kids in Ukraine

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 10:07

Kyiv - SFP's Coalition partner, Advocacy Center LIFE, conducted a press conference to expose tobacco industry’s marketing tactics targeting children.

ASH Press release: France commits to go ahead with standardised ‘plain’ cigarette packs as Big Tobacco’s UK legal challenge draws to a close

Friday, 18 December 2015 10:05

London - The tobacco industry’s challenge to the UK’s standardised tobacco packaging regulations is drawing to a close today and a ruling is expected to be made by the judge, the Hon. Mr Justice Green, in the New Year.

TTIP, ISDS and the Implications for Irish Public Health Policy report by Irish Cancer Society

Monday, 20 July 2015 10:04

Dublin, July 2015- SFP's temporary partner, the Irish Cancer Society published ‘TTIP, ISDS and the Implications for Irish Public Health Policy’ – a major report into how an investor-State dispute mechanism could potentially affect the ability of the Oireachtas to pass laws that will reduce the cancer rate and save lives.

ASH Press release: UN Conference urges governments to consider taxing tobacco to finance development

Thursday, 16 July 2015 10:01

London - Governments worldwide should consider using tobacco taxation as a tool to finance sustainable development and save lives, says the declaration of a major UN conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

#SmokeThis campaign launched by Cancer Research UK

Sunday, 02 November 2014 10:00

Cancer Research UK, one of SFP’s partners, has launched a new campaign that is shining a spotlight on the tobacco industry.

Sign the ERS petition for a strong Tobacco Products Directive!

Monday, 15 July 2013 09:59

Brussels, July 2013- The European Respiratory Society Tobacco Control Committee invites everyone to sign its petition calling for the strongest possible Tobacco Products Directive.

World Lung Foundation 15,000aday.org campaign

Wednesday, 07 September 2011 09:57

New York, September 2011- 15,000 people die from tobacco every day. Save millions by taking action now.

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