ENSP Network / Mission

Combining efforts for tobacco control in Europe

The European Network for Smoking Prevention (ENSP) is an international non-profit making organisation, created in 1997 under Belgium law (identification number 16377/97).


ENSP’s mission is to develop a strategy for co-ordinated action among organisations active in tobacco control in Europe by sharing information and experience and through co-ordinated activities and joint projects. ENSP aims to create greater coherence among smoking prevention activities and to promote comprehensive tobacco control policies at both national and European levels.


ENSP is governed by a General Assembly consisting of two representatives from each of the national coalitions against tobacco in Europe and of one representative from each of the specialised European tobacco control networks. ENSP is administered by a regularly elected Executive Board which delegates the daily management and co-ordination of the network to a Secretariat in Brussels.


Our vision is of a future where our fellow Europeans will not suffer the distress of ill health and early death because of tobacco. We want our children to be able to grow up without being targeted with messages that seek to lure them into a lifetime of addiction. We want all Europeans to be able to breathe clean air unpolluted by tobacco smoke.
As we increasingly communicate more freely and cross country borders more frequently, we realize that our individual countries do not stand alone; we feel the reverberations of change throughout Europe. Therefore, we undertake to use the best evidence of effectiveness in policy and practice to work together towards our common goal.


The main objectives of ENSP are to:

- Promote and facilitate the activities of national coalitions and specialised smoking prevention networks
- Promote collaboration between the members of ENSP through sharing of information, experience, activities and projects
- Ensure collection and dissemination of information between the European Union institutions, Member States and members of ENSP on tobacco issues and proposed legislation
- Establish a link between ENSP, intergovernmental and international non-governmental organisations and any other group concerned with smoking prevention
- Encourage and support tobacco control organisations in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe
ENSP receives financial support from the European Commission in the framework of the Public Health Programme
ENSP 1997-2008. Neither the European Commission, the Executive Agency for Health and Consumers
or ENSP are responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained in this website.