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Working with Communities to Reduce Health Inequalities: Protecting Children and Young People from Tobacco

European project receiving funding from the European Union in the scope of the Public Health Programme

The Working with Communities network’s initial activities suggest that addressing tobacco control issues which affect children and young people will be more effective when local communities and peer groups are involved in the solutions. They also indicate that protecting children from tobacco smoke by reducing smoking in homes is more likely to succeed where smoking is more widely banned. However, significant gaps remain in fully understanding the effectiveness of such interventions - there is generally a lack of evaluation or robust evidence of impact or health outcomes. Equally, there is little understanding of how community and peer group engagement methods might be transferable to different cultural contexts and where traditions of governance and public health service delivery differ.

The Working with Communities project attempts to fill these important gaps. The project is co-ordinated by Liverpool Primary Care Trust and supported by a group of nine European associated partners.

Find out about the latest project developments in the second project newsletter (September 2009).


Tobacco Free Europe

Pledge for candidates for election to the European Parliament

Tobacco Free Europe is a consortium of non-profit organisations working together:

* To ensure that tobacco control becomes a top health priority in the political arena at EU and national level during the elections and beyond

* To generate a high-profile public debate on tobacco control involving politicians, decision-makers and other stakeholders

* To enable the tobacco control community, during the 2009 elections, to build alliances with politicians and decision-makers in Member States, in the future European Parliament and in the Commission

* To hold the successfully elected European Parliamentarians accountable for their commitments beyond the election.

The pledge we wish the candidates to sign:

- Comprehensive protection from tobacco smoke;

- Strong measures to counter tobacco marketing, promotion and imagery;

- Commitment to taxation as a tool to reduce smoking prevalence;

- Tough new measures to control tobacco smuggling;

- Promotion of effective stop smoking measures;

- Stopping tobacco industry influence on government’s tobacco control policies;

- Making the tobacco industry liable for its actions.


UICC World Cancer Declaration

A call to action from the global cancer community

The World Cancer Declaration was developed by the International Union Against Cancer (UICC), adopted by the World Cancer Summit 2008, and endorsed by the World Cancer Congress 2008. The global cancer community calls on governments, international governmental organisations, the international donor community, development agencies, professional organisations, the private sector and all civil society to take immediate steps to slow and ultimately reverse the growth in deaths from cancer, by committing to the targets set out in the declaration and providing resources and political backing for the priority actions needed to achieve them.



General Practitioners and the Economics of Smoking Cessation in Europe

In the frame of PESCE project 31 organisations from 27 countries have developed evidence-based policy recommendations and practice-based implementation strategies to increase the engagement of General Practitioners in smoking cessation in Europe. The project is running from August 2006 to June 2008 under the leadership of Tabac & Liberté (France) and is co-funded by the European Commission Public Health Directorate.


Implementation and Enforcement of EU and National Tobacco Advertising Directives

Status: April 2009

The latest version of the table on implementation and enforcement of EU and national tobacco advertising bans is available for download.


Recent additions

Recent articles added

News and Announcements

31 October 2009

ENSP Athens 2009 Declaration

The ENSP Network Meeting and General Assembly took place in Athens, Greece from 29 to 31 October 2009. The meeting cncluded in the signing of the Athens Declaration 2009.


Press Statement: World No Tobacco Day 2010

Press statement by Professor Panagiotis Behrakis on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day 2010.


WHO FCTC Health Warnings Database

WHO TFI has developed a database of pictorial health warnings.


Spain: Process of smoke-free law amendments

Update of smoke-free law amendments, May 2010.


ENSH: International Gold-Level Award on Tobacco Free Health Care Services goes to Centre Hospitalari Althaia, Spain

The International Gold-Level Award on Tobacco Free Health Care Services goes to Centre Hospitalari Althaia, Spain.


France: Pictorial warnings to be introduced in April 2011

France has finalised a decision (arrêté) to require pictorial warnings on cigarette packages effective as of 20 April 2011.


World No Tobacco Day 2010

The theme of World No Tobacco Day 2010 is: Gender and tobacco with an emphasis on marketing to women.


EU Open Health Forum 2010

The EU Open Health Forum 2010 takes pace in Brussels from 29 to 30 June 2010.


Smoke-free Action Coalition Press Release 01.02.2010

England: New Tobacco Strategy aims to make smoking history

The Government’s new tobacco control strategy heralds the start of the next phase in tobacco control that will help make smoking history as fewer and fewer children take up the habit, said members of the Smoke-free Action Coalition in response to the new plan released today.


ENSP General Assembly elects new Executive Board

The new ENSP Board was elected on 23 March 2010 for the next two-year period.


RNSP report on meetings with Members of Romanian Parliament

Representatives of the Romanian Network for Smoking Prevention had meetings with Members of the Romanian Parliament on 2 March 2010. Their report is available here.


UK: Passive smoking and children

Report of the Tobacco Advisory Group of the Royal College of Physicians

This new report by the Tobacco Advisory Group of the Royal College of Physicians was launched on 23 March 2010.


Combating the Global Illicit Trade in Tobacco and the consequences for Europe and Africa

The report and presentations from this SFP event are now available online.


Health community shock as Poland moves backwards on tobacco control

The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) announced its strong disappointment at the liberalisation of the tobacco control legislation in Poland.



Report: Impact assessment of the Spanish Tobacco Control Law

The report "Impact assessment of the Spanish Tobacco Control Law" conducted by the Tobacco Working Group of the Spanish Society of Epidemiology is now available online.


Exposing the Evidence - Women and Second Hand Smoking in Europe.

INWAT/ENSP Report 2008

As highlighed in this report, there is currently very limited sex and gender specific information on SHS exposure both within and across countries in Europe. Few, if any, programmes have been developed which take a gender-sensitive approach to addressing SHS in public and private places. These and other issues and concerns identified in this newly published report form the basis for the recommendations for future action identified in the its final section.


Why People Smoke

April 2007

This publication focuses on the individual smoker, how nicotine affects the body and why the individual smokes. Issues such as how the body reacts to tobacco are also raised. Certain myths surrounding tobacco and the reality are compared. Many popular (mis)conceptions are examined in the report. Several leading scientists share their knowledge, based on years of research in their expert fields, of how tobacco affects both the body and the mind.


EU Policy

Tobacco-related Directives

For details of the Tobacco Products Directive, Tobacco Advertising Directive and the library of selected source documents for pictorial warnings, please refer to the EU Observatory section.


European News Bulletin

European News Bulletins

The new European News Bulletins are now available in the members’ section.



Building Public Health Dialogue and the Role of Health NGOs in the Republic of Slovenia and the EU

The Slovenian Coalition for Tobacco Control and the European Public Health Alliance are hosting this conference, which takes place in in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on 26 March 2010.


Pre-conference on Tobacco-Free Health Services

The ENSH - Global Network for Tobacco Free Healthcare Services - has arranged a pre-conference on Tobacco-Free Health Services on 14th April 2010 within the frame of the 18th International Conference on Health Promoting Hospitals (HPH) in Manchester (UK).


Smoke Free Futures: Tobacco Control Conference 2010

11-12 October 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

ASH Wales is hosting Smoke Free Futures: Tobacco Control Conference 2010 on the 11th and 12th October 2010 in Cardiff, Wales.


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