26 May 2021

ENSP Fact Sheet Series 

"New EU Implementing regulation on environmental markings on Tobacco Products with Plastic Filters"

European Commission publishes the report on the application of the Tobacco Products Directive

The European Commission published its first report on the Tobacco Products Directive, five years after it became applicable in 2016. Thanks to the Directive, the EU has witnessed steady decreases in smoking rates and tobacco use. However, more efforts are needed. The report points out two main areas where we need to see improvements: enforcement at national level and better consideration of new market developments, such as novel tobacco products.
Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, said: With Europe's Beating Cancer Plan we are proposing bold and ambitious actions to reduce the use of tobacco. We have set a very clear objective - to create a tobacco-free generation in Europe, where less than 5% of people use tobacco by 2040. This means enforcing EU tobacco legislation more strictly and helping it keep pace with new developments. EU legislation on tobacco has clearly had a positive impact on smoking rates in the EU, but to meet our target, we must set our sights higher. The upcoming reviewing of the Tobacco Products Directive will be an important part of this work.”  

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31 May 2021: Tobacco and Air Pollution Webinar

Next Steps to Tackle Second-Hand Smoke Exposure

This ENSP webinar titled "Tobacco and Air Pollution: Next Steps to Tackle Second-Hand Smoke Exposure" will be hosted on Monday, 31 May (16:00 - 17:30 CET).
The webinar is symbolically organised between two important dates: the World No Tobacco Day on 31 May itself and ahead of the World Environment Day, celebrated on 5 June.
Th programme includes interventions from the European Respiratory Society (ERS), the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA), ENSP and researchers from several EU projects on second-hand smoke exposure.
Join the discussion on the next steps needed to protect everyone’s health from tobacco smoke and defend our right to to clean air, free from tobacco pollution!

8 June 2021: Save The Date

World No Tobacco DAY 2021 Webinar and Ceremony

The Smoke Free Partnership and the European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention with the support of the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe are hosting the World No Tobacco Day 2021 conference, taking place on 8 June 2021 (14:00 CET). 

The conference is titled “Tobacco-free policy-making for a tobacco free Europe” and will focus on exposing, discussing and counteract tobacco industry efforts to delay and distort policy processes to prevent progress in tobacco control.

The event will have two main parts: in the first part, we will organise a high-level panel discussion between experts, advocates and policy makers who will discuss tobacco industry interference tactics and ways in which policy makers and advocates in different countries have counteracted them. We will also address industry’s attempts to take advantage of the COVID-19 epidemic in the past year to whitewash its reputation and to re-gain a seat at the policy making table.
In the second part, a virtual award ceremony will be organised, facilitated by WHO EURO, to honour and recognise the European recipients of the 2021 WHO World No Tobacco Day Award.

10 June 2021: Save The Date

Effects and Challenges in Enforcing

"The Tobacco Flavours Bans"

ENSP webinar entitled, “Effects and Challenges in Enforcing Tobacco Flavour Bans”  will take place on Thursday, 10th June 2021, 14:00-17:00 CET (8:00-11:00 EST).


The session will be comprised of three parts: a scientific session on the impact of tobacco flavour bans; a panel discussion on further steps in regulating flavours; and a Q&A / open debate with webinar participants.


For the scientific session, the findings and conclusions on attitudes toward tobacco flavour ban from EUREST-PLUS and ITC studies will be presented along with the EU methodology for testing tobacco products for characterising flavours. Furthermore, the programme will feature cases on tobacco industry tactics against tobacco flavour ban.


In the panel discussion, panelists from international organisations and various public health institutions and networks will be invited to present their views on current needs, future challenges and comprehensive strategy for banning flavours in tobacco and novel products.


Detailed programme will follow shortly. 

2021 European Conference on Tobacco Control

Final call to submit your abstract: deadline 31 May

The abstract submission for the 6th European Conference on Tobacco Control: ENSP-ECTC 2021 will close 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 or as a hybrid online-onsite event between September and December 2021!
For any inquiries regarding the Conference please send an email to

25-31 May 2021: European Week Against Cancer

For this year’s European Week Against Cancer, the European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC) and Cancer Complications and Comorbidities Initiative Members are organising several online events in form of webinars, taking place from the 25th to the 31st of May 2021, where various experts are invited to speak.


These webinars aim to present various issues surrounding Cancer Complications and Comorbidities, to ensure that Cancer complications and comorbidities are addressed in the implementation of the Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, and to further pursue recognition of these comorbidities, increase awareness on relevant stakeholders and the public.


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ENSP SG Cornel Radu-Loghin will speak on importance of tobacco cessation and prevention during the webinar on 31 May titled "Crucial steps to combat cancer". This session will present issues around prevention, screening, and early detection, such as cost-effectiveness of early detection, tobacco use, alcohol abuse, etc.

 Tobacco control updates from Europe 

Greece ratifies the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products 

Greece has become the most recent Party joining the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products. At the moment it already has 63 Parties.

Tobacco-free generation 2040 efforts presented by Slovenian Coalition for Public Health at the Presidential Reception

On 19 May, a reception has been organised by the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor. During this event, Mihaela Lovše, the representative of the ENSP member Slovenian Coalition for Public Health, presented to the President the efforts towards a generation without tobacco, where less than 5% of the population will use tobacco by 2040. The President welcomed and recognised the efforts and successes of the Slovenian Coalition and all involved national and European stakeholders.
The President received the ENSP and Slovenian Coalition brochure on "European Guidelines E-learning Training Program in Advanced Tobacco Treatment (EPACTT)".

To continue their joint actions, webinars for public health centres are currently being organised.

Pro League football stadiums in Belgium to become tobacco-free from season 2021/2022 

Today the General Assembly of the Belgian Pro League has approved a proposal to make all stadiums in the Pro League tobacco-free, prohibiting smoking from all stands from the start of the 2021-22 season.

Other upcoming events

27 May 2021: Tobacco Free Portfolios’ Global Webinar for World No Tobacco Day

This global webinar will highlight how the finance sector is a crucial partner in bringing an end to the ongoing health, environmental, human rights and social justice impacts of tobacco (impacts that vastly exceed the devastating impact of COVID-19).

To coincide with this year's World No Tobacco Day, Tobacco Free Portfolios invites its international community to come together with global thought leaders who will inform, provoke, and inspire all stakeholders to work towards a tobacco-free world.

31 May 2021: Smoking and COVID-19 - What have we learned?

The fourth ERS Vision Live panel discussion hosted on the ERS Respiratory Channel will take place on 31 May from 18:00 to 19:00 CET. The event "Smonking and COVID-19 - What have we learned?" focuses on current and emerging issues related to smoking and COVID-19. Panellists will discuss the evidence on susceptibility of smokers to COVID-19, the interference of the tobacco industry, and perspectives on smoking cessation from low- and middle-income countries. Register now and join the discussion with these experts!

9 June 2021: CNPT International Webinar

Tobacco, Environment and Climate Change

The CNPT Webinar, dedicated to the topic of tobacco and its effects on the environment and climate change, will be hosted on 9 June (17:00 - 19:00 CET) with simultaneous translation (English and Spanish). The programme of the session covers the subjects of the environmental impact of tobacco production; the environmental consequences of tobacco product waste; and tobacco, climate change, and other global threats in 2021.

Other news and publications

November 2021: WHO FCTC Secretariat confirms that COP9 and MOP2 are to be held virtually

In light of the COVID-19 global pandemic and its impact on the conduct of global conferences and travel, it is not feasible to organize an in-person meeting at The Hague, Netherlands, as initially planned. In this regard, the next session of the Conference of the Parties (COP9) to the WHO FCTC and of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP2) to the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products will be held virtually.


Stay tuned...

COP9 will take place from 8 to 13 November 2021, 10:00 - 13:00 and

14:00 - 17:00 CET.

MOP2 will take place from 15 to 18 November 2021, 10:00 - 13:00 and

14:00 - 17:00 CET.

Commit to quit: Fact Sheet

"Women have a Right to a Tobacco-free World"

Joined by 16 organisations working on public health, sustainable development and addiction prevention, Unfairtobacco and FACT e.V. published a factsheet on women’s rights and tobacco control. It highlights the consequences of poor tobacco control and how women and girls are particularly affected.
Sonja von Eichborn, Director of Unfairtobacco, draws attention to the violation of women’s rights in Bangladesh and other tobacco-growing countries: “Women smallholder farmers in the Global South can hardly earn their living from the labour-intensive cultivation of tobacco and are exposed to serious health hazards due to a lack of occupational safety.” She emphasizes, “Germany, as one of the world’s largest importers of raw tobacco, also bears responsibility for this. In addition to adopting an effective supply chain law, the German government must step up its efforts to provide support for women tobacco farmers in countries like Bangladesh to quit growing tobacco as part of development cooperation.”

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