12 April 2021

April: Esophageal, Testicular, Head and Neck Cancers Awareness Month

Esophageal cancer (EC) consists of two primary pathological types: squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) and adenocarcinoma, with the worldwide incidence of the first to be higher. Several studies have shown that smoking is an important risk factor for the development of EC, especially ESCC. The incidence of ESCC was 7 times higher than that of non-smokers in the study population.
Testicular cancer is strongly associated with tobacco smoking. The relationship of testicular cancer and smoking is plausible: cigarette smoke contains known carcinogens such as arsenic. Furthermore, smoking may modify sex hormones, which are implicated in the onset and/or progression of testicular cancer.

Head and neck cancers include cancers of the oral cavity, pharynx, and larynx and are among the most common cancers worldwide. In the IARC Monograph, the association between cigarette smoking and the incidence and mortality of head and neck cancers is well established. Previous research has suggested that cigar and pipe smoke may contain equivalent, or in some instances higher, doses of carcinogens such as benzo[a]pyrene compared with cigarette smoke supporting the association of cigar or pipe smoking and the risk of head and neck cancers. 

A recent systematic review aiming to assess the association between the cigarettes and head and neck cancers outlined potential dangers associated with the use of the cigarettes and their role in head and neck cancers. 


ENSP Brochure 2021: Ending tobacco epidemic, an essential step for beating cancer

Every year, 3.5 million people in the EU are diagnosed with cancer, and 1.3 million die from it. Over 40% of cancer cases are preventable. Without reversing current trends, it could become the leading cause of death in the EU. In 2020, the Commission released its Europe’s beating cancer plan aiming at reducing the cancer burden for patients, their families and health systems. Tobacco is a great risk factor for cancer, often still unknown and underestimated. Thus, every month in 2021, ENSP dedicates a section of "The Network" to a certain type of cancer and its link to tobacco.

2021 European Conference on Tobacco Control

Call for abstracts is open until 31 May

Submit proposals for oral, poster and video presentations to be delivered at the 6th European Conference on Tobacco Control: ENSP-ECTC 2021 by 31 May 2021 (World No Tobacco Day).
Stay tuned: the Conference will be organised online between September and December 2021!
For any inquiries regarding the Conference please send an email to  secretariat@ensp-ectc.org

Do not forget to register!

19 April: WHO FCTC Webinar

Know the players: Securing the supply chain of tobacco products with transparent license systems

In response to the growing demand from WHO FCTC and Protocol Parties for capacity support in the implementation of the provisions of the Protocol, the Convention Secretariat is planning to organize a number of technical webinars to respond to this demand, as well as to create awareness of controlling illicit trade in the tobacco products. One of these webinars will focus on Article 6 of the Protocol. 
During the webinar, which will be interactive, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the license under the Protocol and from the experiences of other countries, share their own experiences and ask questions to better understand how to implement Article 6 of the Protocol.

Get involved!

European Commission's initiative

on tobacco taxation

Tobacco taxation is seen as the most cost-effective instrument to reduce tobacco consumption and prevalence. The high number of smokers in the EU remains a major concern with 26% of adults and 29% of young people smoking, and with price gaps between EU countries fuelling unintended cross-border shopping.
This initiative is part of the EU’s beating cancer plan. It will take a comprehensive approach that in addition to taxation addresses public health, illicit trade and environmental concerns.    The Commission would like to hear your your thoughts! Through public consultations you can express your views on aspects of EU laws and policies before the Commission finalises its proposals.  
This public consultation is targeting all stakeholders: citizens, businesses, representative organisations and public authorities of the Member States (Ministries of finance, tax and health authorities), academics, researchers and non-governmental organisations.
Give your feedback before 22 June 2021 (midnight Brussels time)!

Participate in the 2021 Global Media Competition

Calling all creators and artists! Show the world how the tobacco industry conceals the harms caused by its products. Submit your posters, videos and/or infographics to the 2021 Global Media Competition (GMC) by 29 April 2021. The 2021 GMC ("Lies & Cover-Ups: Time to #MakeTobaccoPay") is organized by @TheGGTC, a partner of STOP (@exposetobacco), a global tobacco industry watchdog.

15-17 September: EHMA 2021 Conference - Call for Abstracts

EHMA  launches the EHMA 2021 Call for Abstracts and invites all interested stakeholders to submit their cutting-edge research on health management. Organisers welcome abstracts addressing the conference theme ‘Health Management: managing the present and shaping the future’ and one or more of the following sub-themes:
  • Governance and leadership
  • Person-centeredness and care integration
  • Managing the digital transformation
  • Improving healthcare access and outcomes
  • Environmental sustainability of health services
  • Health workforce
Abstracts may be submitted for either: oral presentation, poster or Karolinska MMC/EHMA Research Award (PhD Award). All abstracts must be submitted by Monday, 3 May 2021 at 9.00 AM CET.

Other news and publications

Hungary aims to extend regulations on e-cigarettes and new categories of nicotine and nicotine-free products 

Hungary submitted an official notification to the European Commission concerning the introduction of the amendment to the existing tobacco legislation.  


While ensuring compliance with certain provisions of Directive 2014/40/EU, this draft law also:  

  1. extends the provisions of the current Act XLII of 1999 on the protection of non-smokers and certain regulations on the consumption and distribution of tobacco products, pertaining to the distribution of electronic cigarettes and electronic devices imitating smoking, to nicotine-free refill containers and smoking-substitute nicotine-containing tobacco products;
  2. extends the authorisation of the ministers in charge of the healthcare system and taxation allowing them to set an administrative service fee in order to compensate for certain costs relating to placing on the market and registration of electronic cigarettes, refill containers and electronic devices imitating smoking. Under the amendment, such a fee may also be levied on nicotine-free refill containers and smoking-substitute nicotine-containing tobacco products;
  3. extends its provisions pertaining to combined health warnings and health warnings to nicotine-free refill containers and smoking-substitute nicotine-containing tobacco products;
  4. regulates the obligation of withdrawing products under prohibition of distribution from the market by stipulating: The products concerned must be withdrawn from the market and repurchased by the manufacturer, importer or distributor of the products in Hungary.

New paper released by STOP researchers

STOP researchers at the University of Bath published a new paper! Throughout the decades, the tobacco industry has developed a set of techniques and arguments that it employs whenever it wants to derail, dilute, and delay public health policies that threaten to harm its enormous profits. In this piece, authors from the University of Bath's Tobacco Control Research Group (TCRG) explain their recent research on industry interference in low- and middle-income countries, which shows how we might predict industry responses to tobacco control measures.


See the summary...

Read the full paper...

New ENSP Resources

Tobacco Dependence Treatment Guidelines

The Romanian version of the ENSP Tobacco Dependence Treatment  Guidelines (updated 2021 edition) is now available! Through this publication, we aim to establish a wider coherence among smoking prevention activities, as well as promoting comprehensive tobacco control policies at a European and at the individual national level with the contribution of our members.

ENSP YouTube channel

Watch the recording of
(29 March 2021)
All ECTC webinars and video materials are available on our YouTube channel. Subscribe now to rewatch the Online Edition and stay tuned for updates!

Now also indexed in PubMed Central. Learn more...

The latest publications in the TPC Journal:
Nattinee Jitnarin, Walker S. C. Poston, Sara A. Jahnke, Christopher K. Haddock, Herbert H. Severson
Nancy Satpathy, Pratap K. Jena, Venkatarao Epari, Jugal Kishore
Rosa Dabinia Uribe-Madrigal, María del Carmen Gogeascoechea-Trejo, María de Lourdes Mota-Morales, Christian Soledad Ortiz-Chacha, Betzaida Salas-García, Enrique Romero-Pedraza, María Cristina Ortiz-León
Vittal Hejjaji, Aditya Khetan, Joel W. Hughes, Prashant Gupta, Philip G. Jones, Asma Ahmed, Sri Krishna Madan Mohan, Richard A. Josephson
Raymond K. S. Ho, Patrick W. Y. Fok, Helen C. H. Chan
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