3 May 2021

May: Bladder, Melanoma and Skin Cancers Awareness Month

The incidence of bladder cancer varies worldwide, with higher rates in Europe and North America. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has clearly identified the causal relationship between smoking with urinary tract cancer in both genders. Several cohort studies in Europe and the USA have found that cigarette smoking is an important risk factor for bladder cancer with nearly half of all bladder cancer patients having a history of smoking. Smoking cigarettes, cigars, or pipes may increase the risk of bladder cancer by causing harmful chemicals to accumulate in the urine. 



Sunlight is the principal environmental risk factor for skin cancer, but other carcinogens have also been implicated, including tobacco smoke. Literature findings on the association of specific skin cancer types and smoking are conflicting. One metanalysis reported that smokers of both sexes had slightly increased risks of both basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), compared with never smokers while a second one concluded that smoking increases the risk of SCC only. More recent findings showed that current smokers had significantly lower risks of BCC but up to 2.3 times higher risk of SCC when compared with non-smokers.



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

Last chance to submit your abstract!

The deadline for the 6th European Conference on Tobacco Control: ENSP-ECTC 2021 is on 31 May 2021 (World No Tobacco Day), at midnight CET. This is your last chance to submit proposals for oral, poster, and video presentations to be delivered at the 2021 Conference that will be organised online between September and December 2021!
For any inquiries regarding the Conference please send an email to

World No Tobacco Day 2021


The Member States of the World Health Organization created World No Tobacco Day in 1987 to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes. In 1987, the World Health Assembly passed Resolution WHA40.38, calling for 7 April 1988 to be a "a world no-smoking day." In 1988, Resolution WHA42.19 was passed, calling for the celebration of World No Tobacco Day, every year on 31 May.
The day drew enthusiasm and resistance from governments, public health organizations, smokers, growers and the tobacco industry around the world. The story of World No Tobacco Day WNTD is one of 11 official global public health campaigns promoted by WHO, along with World Health Day, World Blood Donor Day, World Immunization Week, World Health Day tuberculosis, World Malaria Day, World Hepatitis Day, World Chagas Day, Global Patient Safety, World Antimicrobial Awareness Day, and World AIDS Day.
This yearly celebration informs the public on the dangers of using tobacco, the business practices of tobacco companies, what WHO is doing to fight the tobacco epidemic, and what people around the world can do to claim their right to health and healthy living and to protect future generations. Quitting tobacco and related products is hard, but with the right support and tools, it is more than possible.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to millions of tobacco users saying they want to quit, and even though this can be quite challenging, the WHO encourages smokers to quit for their health, the health of the loved ones, the money spent, and even more reasons that are included in the article 100 reasons to quit.


Moreover, the latest WHO video related to World No Tobacco Day comes up with the motto "Quitters are truly winners", so we invite you to spread the word and encourage smokers to commit to quit today, sign the pledge, and become the real winners.

ENSP Webinar Series

Make every day World No Tobacco Day

10 May: Cessation Services are the Way to Support the Commitment to Quit

On 10 May 2021, from 14:00 CET, the ENSP organises a special World No Tobacco Day webinar "Cessation Services are the Way to Support the Commitment to Quit" to highlight once again the widespread prevalence of smoking and its adverse health effects, which currently cause more than 8 million deaths per year worldwide, of which 1.2 million are due to exposure of non-smokers to second-hand smoke products.

Get involved!

The ELMO Lifestyle Certificate 2021 Spring/Summer Session

The European Lifestyle Medicine Organization (ELMO), together with the Belgian Lifestyle Medicine Organization (BELMO), offer an evidence-based eight-week online program with the support of the European lifestyle medicine representatives which offers the clinical and practical skills to understand and practice lifestyle medicine. The program is taught by internationally known field experts and is intended for professionals as well as everyday people looking to enhance their lifestyle medicine knowledge and learn new ways of application in their patients, clients as well as their own lives.

The registration deadline is 10 May 2021!

The 2021 Global Media Competition

Deadline extended

Calling all artists and creators: use your talent to raise awareness on how the tobacco industry conceals the harms caused by its products. Submit your posters, short videos, and/or infographics to the 2021 “Lies & Cover-Ups: Time to #MakeTobaccoPay” Global Media Competition (GMC) by 7 May 2021! Learn more about GMC and more at ggtc.world

Do not forget to register!

Webinar: Tobacco Industry and Corruption

As the world strives toward vaccination, corruption in the vaccine procurement and distribution process has become an indisputable global health matter that threatens equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. The tobacco control community has known about the close connection between the tobacco industry and corruption for years. Tobacco companies have become the epitome of bad corporate behavior due to complicity in egregious practices. For governments that are undertaking efforts to fight corruption in healthcare and regulations, customs, and finance, Article 5.3 implementation can serve as a starting point, an indicator, a test of resilience and a means to protect public health officials and policymakers from the known unscrupulous tactics of the tobacco industry.


Join this webinar on 6 May 2021 at 12:30 PM GMT and learn about:

  • The link between the tobacco industry and corruption, including existing evidence and the dangers of associating with the tobacco industry
  • Tools and materials available that will help frame issues around corruption and hold the tobacco industry accountable.
  • Practices that will promote integrity and help adopt preventive measures.

E-cigarettes on the European scene

As part of a special report supported by IEVA (Independent European Vape Alliance) on Electronic cigarettes and science in the EU policy making, EURACTIV presents the debate around electronic cigarettes in regards to the European Commission's approach. Since the EC is expected to release a new report on the implementation of the 2014 Tobacco Products Directive, the debate starts to articulate whether the e-cigarettes should be regulated as the traditional ones or not.

In this article, the ENSP Secretary General, Cornel Radu-Loghin, stated: “Tobacco/Vaping companies are businesses thriving on people’s addiction and they make money on hooking people into buying their harmful products. They are not interested in people quitting tobacco or vaping.


The more people become tobacco/vaping-free, the more they will lose money. It’s just mathematic and for those industries, it is a matter of survival to keep people addicted. That’s why they are so aggressive. Anybody threatened to survive will be as aggressive too. Therefore, let’s not be fooled by their fake marketing to be wanting to help smokers.”



CNPT Webinar and the Consensus Document on Nicotine Delivery Devices

As the emergence of new smoking devices in Spain poses a serious threat to public health, on 14 April 2021, CNPT hosted a webinar to discuss evidence and taxation of electronic cigarettes. "The absence of regulations, or the existence of regulations that are subject to the interests of the tobacco industry (which currently owns most of these new products), threatens the public health gains made in various countries in protecting people from problems related to tobacco use – in Spain, specifically, through Act No. 28/2005 and its subsequent amendments."

Based on scientific evidence, CNPT came out with a consensus document that aims at analysing the Nicotine Delivery Devices, mapping their health effects, as well as bringing new regulatory recommendations.


The dangers of passive vaping

Another article that was recently published explains the secondhand exposure to electronic cigarette aerosols. Based on the TackSHS project findings, the article showcases that the dangers of passive vaping are as important as the dangers of passive smoking in terms of toxins released and the renormalisation of smoking from a social point of view.


Other news and publications

WHO Tobacco Tax Policy and Administration manual

A new technical manual on tobacco tax policy and administration has been published by the WHO and it is presented as an updated version of the 2010 WHO technical manual on tobacco tax administration by further detailing the strategies for effective tobacco tax policy development, design, implementation and administration.
The new edition gathers the latest evidence, developments in science, technology and policy and practical pointers on how to navigate through the political process and ensuring the right support for tax policy change, based on the best practices from a series of countries.

What is the ENSP for President Francisco Rodríguez Lozano?

On 26 April 2021, ENSP President Francisco Rodríguez Lozano presented in a recorded interview the activity of the ENSP and how the network strives to achieve a healthier future by warning of the dangers of tobacco addiction and providing recommendations accordingly.

Finland wants to tighten the restrictions on smokers

A new proposal has been sent to revise Finland's Tobacco Act which concerns outdoor smoking and branding restrictions. The Social Affairs Ministry intends to tighten the measures related to smoking in public places, to ban all flavoured tobacco products, as well as to reduce pollution. 

New ENSP Resources

Tobacco Dependence Treatment Guidelines

The Russian 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 within the European borders and beyond.

The ENSP guidelines for Treating Tobacco Dependence are the main output of a project undertaken by ENSP to create a coherent and reliable set of guidelines for healthcare professionals, working in the field of smoking cessation. These guidelines are in accordance with Article 14 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). 

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Make sure you follow the page at @ensp_brussels to get even more informative and educational content related to the impact of tobacco on health and how we can improve the lifestyle and achieve a tobacco-free world!

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