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World No Tobacco Day 2010 Events

World No Tobacco Day takes place on 31 May 2010. This year’s theme is Gender and tobacco with an emphasis on marketing to women. ENSP’s members are marking the day by organising various actions. A summary is presented below.

 

AUSTRIA
27.05.10 Smoke-free party in collaboration with Austrian Medical Students Association (AMSA). See http://www.amsa.at/Fresh_Air_Party_Wien for details.
27.05.10 CO testing at a school in Mödling
27.05.10 Phone-in question and answer session on cessation in Linz in collaboration with local newspaper Tips (+43 732 7895657 & +43 732 7895300)
30.05.10 CO testing at dm-women’s run in Vienna
31.05.10 CO testing at Meidling underground station, Vienna

 

BELGIUM
21.05.10 Round-table discussion and workshops in parliament of French-speaking community.
31.05.10 Exchange morning on the subject of prevention
Full details are available in French at: http://www.fares.be/content/view/379/1/

 

CYPRUS
28.05.10 Cyprus Anti-Cancer Society and Heart Patients Organisation are organising a panel discussion on the WNTD theme.

 

FRANCE
25.05.10 OFT is organising a discussion entitled Women and Tobacco at the premises of the Ministry of Health.
Full details of activities around France are available at:
www.oft-asso.fr

 

HUNGARY
Link to Hungarian tobacco control coalition’s details about WNTD 2010 in Hungarian
http://color.oefi.hu/aktualis.htm

 

SLOVENIA
28.05.10 Professional consultation session in Ljubljana organised by Institute of Public Health of Republic of Slovenia, Institute of Public Health of Ljubljana and Ministry of Health of Republic of Slovenia. SCTC lecture The Influence of the Tobacco Industry on Smoking Women.
31.05.10 The Slovenian Tobacco Control Coalition is organising a public event - NGO Bazaar and Non-Smoking Festival on the main square in Maribor. The bazaar will comprise stalls where NGOs can present health and educational materials and also their activities. Creative workshops and live music will also be featured. There will be smoking cessation tools, CO measurement, exchange of tobacco products for flowers and fruit, promotional materials. Smoking cessation counselling will be available.

 

SWEDEN
Health Professionals Against Tobacco, Sweden in partnership with A Non-Smoking Generation has planned a round table luncheon for health professionals in Sweden whom have just started their careers. The moderators for the table discussions are famous women in Sweden and tobacco prevention experts. The topics to be discussed focus on the World No Tobacco Day theme: Gender and tobacco with an emphasis on marketing to women. Discussion will end with a way forward on what can be done in Sweden to further inhibit tobacco industry marketing practices. This event has been funded by the EU-HELP Campaign. More information is available in Swedish via www.TobaccoOrHealthSweden.org.

 

 

ENSP Athens Declaration 2009

The ENSP Network Meeting and General Assembly took place in Athens, Greece from 29 to 31 October 2009. The meeting concluded in the signing of the Athens Declaration 2009. The Declaration is available in English and other European languages thanks to ENSP’s members.

First global action plan to tackle NCDs

The first world summit on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) will take place in 2011, leading the global health emergency one step closer to preventing millions of unnecessary deaths every year. NCDs include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory diseases – of which tobacco use is the most significant risk factor.

Switzerland: National smoking ban entered into force on 1 May 2010

In a press release published on 27 April 2010 AT-Schweiz (Swiss Association against Tobacco) declared that the Swiss national smoking ban which took effect on 1 May is too weak and called upon stricter nationwide smoke-free regulations.

If it is true that public places open to the public and workplaces in principle should be smoke-free, the law foresees many exceptions. In this way, separate smoking rooms are allowed in work- and public places. In the hospitality sector restaurants and bars (under 80m²) may allow smoking, exposing customers and employees to tobacco smoke, and larger venues have the possibility to install enclosed separate smoking rooms. On the other hand, the national smoking ban is difficult to implement and to enforce, as the regulations differ from one canton to another.Moreover, the licensing procedures for smoking room regulations differ according to the cantons, representing an additional administrative and bureaucratic burden.

The federal initiative, Protection from Second-Hand Smoke, aims at closing the gaps in the national smoking ban and at harmonising Swiss smoke-free regulations. Identical regulations should indeed prevail in the whole of Switzerland: All workplaces and enclosed public places should be totally smoke-free.So far 15 cantons have enacted laws that are stricter than the national smoke-free regulations, representing 79 % of the Swiss population.

Research Source: James M. Lightwood and Stanton A. Glantz, Risk Attributable to Second-hand Smoke Declines in Acute Myocardial Infarction After Smoke-Free Laws and Individual, in: Circulation 2009; 120: 1373-1379 http://circ.ahajournals.org.

Contact: Verena El Fehri, Thomas Beutler, e-mail: info@at-schweiz.ch

Press release (in German): http://www.at-schweiz.ch/de/startseite/news-medien/news-details.html?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=2709&cHash=982f885e04

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

International Gold-Level Award on Tobacco Free Health Care Services goes to Centre Hospitalari Althaia, Spain. Two other hospitals, St. Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin, Ireland and Salus Clinic Lindow, Germany were recognised as working on the gold level.   2010 was the second year in which ENSH successfully organised a gold-level award process with nominations coming from three countries: Ireland, Spain and Germany.   Centre Hospitalari in Althaia was presented with the Gold-Level Award for its high level of implementation of the ENSH standards. The hospital, a member of the Catalan Network for Tobacco-free Health Care Services, had demonstrated evidence of highest level implementing all ENSH standards, including a tobacco-free hospital campus.

 

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, twelve months after publication in the Official Journal. The decision was approved on 15 April 2010 and published on 20 April 2010.

France becomes the sixth EU country to require pictorial warnings, joining Belgium (2006), Romania (2008), UK (2008), Latvia (2010) and Malta (2011). Some non-EU countries (Switzerland, Norway and Turkey) have also required pictorial warnings based on images taken from the European Commission library of 42 images. Worldwide, at least 36 countries and jurisdictions have required pictorial warnings.

To view the 14 pictorial warnings selected by France, you can go to the Official Journal website and find the issue for 20 April 2010, then go to:

Arrêté du 15 avril 2010 relatif aux modalités d’inscription des avertissements de caractère sanitaire sur les unités de conditionnement des produits du tabac.

http://www.journal-officiel.gouv.fr/frameset.html

In revising its warning requirements, France has corrected the placement of the black border (3-4 mm in width) that is to surround the warning. For unilingual countries, the EU Directive requires warnings to appear on 30% of the front and 40% of the back, plus a border which is to be in addition to this space. By having proper compliance with the border/size requirement, the effective size used on the package is 43% front and 53% back, though this can vary slightly depending on package format. France was previously non-compliant with the EU Directive. Previously in France, the border was located inside the space reserved for the warning (30% front, 40% back), thus making the warning size smaller.

23 April 2010

ENSP General Assembly elects new Executive Board

The ENSP General Assembly took place in Brussels on 23 March 2010. In addition to the statutory business of the General Assembly, a new Executive Board was elected for the next two-year period. The new ENSP Board comprises the following members:

 

President: Professor Panagiotis Behrakis (Greece)

Vice President: Dr Lies Van Gennip (Netherlands)

Treasurer: Mr Michel Pettiaux (Belgium)

Dr Esteve Fernández (ENSH)

Dr Aurelijus Veryga (Lithuania)

Mr Joergen Falk (Denmark)

Ms Mihaela Lovse (Slovenia)

 

2 March 2010

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. The subject of this meeting was "Tobacco Control in Romania: Policies, Strategies, Future Stages" and served i.a. to highlight the benefits of implementing workplace smoke-free legislation and to discuss wider tobacco control strategies.

Their report is available for download below.

26 February 2010

5th Anniversary of FCTC makes public history

On 26 February 2010 the WHO Frameowrk Convention for Tobacco Control celebrated its fifth anniversary. The FCTC is a remarkable achievement, as it is the first treaty negotiated through the auspices of the WHO and currently counts some 168 Parties. The International Union Against Cancer, the Framework Convention Alliance, the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and the World Heart Foundation issued a joint press statement to mark the occasion.

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

1 February 2010

The event report and speakers’ presentations of the European Parliament event Combating the Illicit Trade in Tobacco and consequences for European and Africa are now available online at Smokefree Partnership’s website.

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 has been presented in public. The document summarises the overall impact of the current Spanish legislation four years after its implementation. The report is based on published scientific research, survey data and official statistics from national and international studies. It assesses the acceptability and perception of the law by the public, its impact on smoking as well as exposure to second-hand smoke, its impact on health and on the hospitality industry, and compliance with the law since it came into force.   The report (in Spanish) can be freely downloaded and distributed:

 

http://www.seepidemiologia.es/documents/dummy/Monografia-Grupo%20Trabajo%20sobre%20tabaquismo.pdf

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.


We are offering an early bird rate for registrations received before the 31st March. As places at the conference will be limited to 300 delegates we urge you to register early to secure a place.


The conference is an international two day tobacco control conference focusing on making smoke free futures possible. Confirmed speakers at the conference include Professor Gerard Hastings (University of Stirling), Dr Tony Jewell (Chief Medical Officer for Wales), Mr Chris Tudor Smith (Department of Health and Social Services, Welsh Assembly Government) Professor Ann McNeill (University of Nottingham) and Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister for Wales.


Workshops include presentations on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and the Framework Convention Alliance as well as Launching the No Smoking Day 2011 campaign. A range of highly interactive workshops by tobacco control experts are planned for the two day conference and workshops details will be placed on the website as they are confirmed. We are also pleased to announce that a workshop session conducted by young campaigners has been confirmed.


The call for papers is now open and abstract submission forms can be downloaded from the conference website.


http://www.smoking-conference-wales.org.uk


For further information about the conference please contact chris@ashwales.co.uk or feel free to give us a call on +44 (0)29 2064 1101

World No Tobacco Day 2010

The theme for WHO World No Tobacco Day 2010 is: Gender and tobacco with an emphasis on marketing to women. Controlling the epidemic of tobacco among women is an important part of any comprehensive tobacco control policy. World No Tobacco Day 2010 will draw attention to the harmful effects of tobacco marketing towards girls and women. For more information, please consult the WHO-TFI announcements.

 

English: http://www.who.int/tobacco/wntd/2010/announcement/en/index.html

French: http://www.who.int/tobacco/wntd/2010/announcement/fr/index.html

 

Report on the implementation of Council Recommendation on the prevention of smoking and on initiatives to improve tobacco control

The European Commission has presented a report on measures taken to prevent smoking and to improve tobacco control. The information in the report is based on a questionnaire sent to EU Member States in 2007, and follows on from the ratification by the Commission and national governments of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

The report says that there has been considerable progress in implementing requirements to verify the minimum age for the purchase of tobacco products, the introduction of measures to restrict the use of vending machines by under-age people and the protection from environmental smoke in educational establishments, health care facilities and public transport. However, more needs to be done to increase the price of tobacco products to discourage tobacco consumption.

The report is available at:

http://ec.europa.eu/health/ph_determinants/life_style/Tobacco/Documents/tobacco_report09_en.pdf

Germany: More than one million Bavarians vote in favour of smoke-free hospitality venues

On 3 December 2009 more than one million Bavarians voted in favour of upholding smoke-free hospitality venues in their state. This is an important victory for both Germany and the region. Bavaria had enacted stringent smoke-free legislation already in 2008 but, due intensive industry lobbying succeeded in having it weakened considerably. Now in a referendum 1,298,746 Bavarians have returned a yes vote for smoke-free hospitality venues in a referendum. Please read the press release of our German colleagues.

New Commission Youth Health Web Site

Accessible in 22 language versions

The Commission set up a new website in youth friendly design targeted for the young people. The aim of the website is to empower young people to have a real say about their health by offering them a space to air their views. This website will be used as a main source of information about the Youth Health Initiative.
The initiative emphasises dialogue and involvement of young people in tackling the health issues that affect them and invites young people to be active partners in our work on health.

 

The Commission launched the new Youth Health Initiative website, which will be accessible in 22 language versions. We disseminate this information within our network in order to involve a variety of young people across Europe.


Website ‘Be Healthy – Be Yourself’
  http://ec.europa.eu/health-eu/youth/index_en.htm  


The website is accessible from the EU Health Portal. It has three major parts: a conference page, a Youth Health competition page and a blog page which will be moderated by the European Youth Forum.

 

The youth health conference website gathers information about the conference which will take place in Brussels on 9 and 10 July 2009.

A main feature of the conference will be close involvement of young people and their organizations in the preparation of the event. The website will be regularly updated in order to gather the latest information including the conference program, the main conference themes, related documents on youth health, and information about the main partners and their activities contributing to the initiative.

 

 

Commission and European Parliament in 2009

This review analyses in detail how the commission and parliament may appear at the end of the year. For the commission, the allocation of portfolios, appointment of commissioners and the reallocation of DG competences are all currently being speculated upon. In the Parliament section we map out how the Parliamentary committees and groups may look after the elections.

Report by Smokefree Partnership on the role of Art. 5.3 of the FCTC

Role of article 5.3 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in protecting public policy from tobacco industry influence

On July 15, the Smokefree Partnership organised a seminar in the European Parliament (Brussels) on the role of article 5.3 of the WHO FCTC in protecting public policy from tobacco industry influence.
The overall aim of the meeting was to inform policy makers, in particular EU Member States and Members of the European Parliament of recent tobacco industry interference across the world and to explore the reasons why normal rules of engagement should not apply to the tobacco industry.
We are pleased to announce that the report of this event (including the verbatim speech of Commissioner Vassiliou) is available on the Smoke Free Partnership website www.smokefreepartnership.eu

Should you not be able to access the PDF file, or to send your feedback, please kindly contact F.Berteletti:  florence.berteletti@ersnet.org.

Progress in Tobacco Control in 30 European Countries 2005-2007

This report was compiled by Luk Joosens (Tobacco Control Manager, Belgian Foundation against Cancer and Advocacy Officer, Association of the European Cancer Leagues) and Martin Raw (Special Lecturer in Public Health Science, University of Nottingham, England) and was presented at the 4th European Conference Tobacco or Health 2007, Basel, Switzerland, 11-13 October 2007.

INWAT Europe

Second-hand Smoke and Women in Europe

INWAT Europe held an expert seminar on second-hand smoke and women from 30-21 March 2005. The purpose of this seminar was to bring together experts on women’s smoking, inequalities and gender to examine the issues of smoke-free policy changes from a European perspective, as the adverse health effects of second-hand smoke on women are a key issue for women’s health. The seminar concluded with a meeting comprising INWAT Europe Advisory Board members, which drew up recommendations for The Way Forward for future policy development, health promotion and research at European level. The recommendations aim to advance the issue of women and second-hand smoke by effectively developing research, programming and policy.

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