April 2016
Message from Francisco Lozano, ENSP President

At the beginning of the month ENSP organised a high level conference on tobacco control with over 200 participants from Europe, Canada, USA and Japan. I would like to express my gratitude to all the delegates and presenters without whom the event would not have been possible. ENSP was honoured to welcome everyone in Brussels, especially given the difficult context. We have received very positive feedback, which we will take into account for future events.

This being said, ERS (European Respiratory Society) is joining forces with ENSP to celebrate World No Tobacco Day on May 31 2016 at the European Parliament with a conference themed "Plain Packaging to protect our Youth: Progress made, Challenges ahead." We very much look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in order to share scientific research and evidence based information as well as encouraging all Member States to adopt this measure in the future.

See you all then,

Francisco Rodriguez-Lozano
President of ENSP

Event hosted by
Gilles Pargneaux, MEP

May 31, 2016 - World No Tobacco Day
9:00 - 14:00

European Parliament, Brussels

Join ENSP and the ERS (European Respiratory Society) to learn how plain packaging can protect our youth, congratulate the countries which have implemented the measure and encourage remaining Member States to follow suit.
World No Tobacco Day Event hosted by MEP Gilles Pargneaux

ENSP is pleased to announce MEP Gilles Pargneaux as host for the ENSP/ERS event on Plain Packaging on May 31. Mr Pargneaux was elected Member of the European Parliament in 2009 and appointed head of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. During his political work, Gilles Pargneaux has been nominated rapporteur on the Decision on serious cross-border threats to health and has co-edited the European Parliament Resolution on the food crisis, fraud in the food chain and the control thereof. He is furthermore rapporteur for the socialist group in the Committee on Budgetary Control on the decision to ratify the WHO protocol against illicit trade in tobacco. Read more..
Thank you for your participation at the ENSP Conference on Tobacco Control

The ENSP Conference on Tobacco Control: Research, Prevention and Treatment brought over 200 experts, researchers, academics and advocates from across Europe but also the US, Canada and Japan, to Brussels for a three-day event on April 5-7 2016.

Despite major travel issues, with the main Airport still closed to the public, delegates and presenters had to make alternative arrangements to get to the European Capital and attend the conference. Keynote presentations, parallel sessions and lively discussions gave participants in-depth information on a wide number of issues related to tobacco, with a particular focus on scientific research. Read more..

See more photos from the three conference days in Brussels and consult the abstracts of all presentations.
ENSP maps EU Tobacco Control laws

ENSP has tracked, collected, and analyzed new data on EU tobacco control laws in order to provide you with an updated version of its previous interactive map. This tool is hoped to help policy makers and national tobacco control specialists to advocate for further measures and more comprehensive legislations. In fact, it was found that national measures differ considerably in extent and scope from one country to the other.
Find out more..

Event - Improving transparency in tobacco lobbying

Join the European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, on April 27 when she hosts this event on improving the standards of transparency and ethical decision-making in the EU institutions. The Ombudsman recently found that the European Commission's approach to publicising meetings with tobacco lobbyists is, with the exception of DG Health, inadequate. The event will address whether this is good enough for an EU institution whose role it is to initiate EU legislation and discuss the potential public health benefits of transparent tobacco lobbying. Registrations are accepted until the day of the event.
Speakers include:
  • Emily O'Reilly, European Ombudsman
  • Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health
  • Giovanni La Via, Chair of the European Parliament's Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
  • Roberto Bertollini, Chief Scientist and WHO Representative to the EU
  • Pascal Diethelm, President of OxyRomandie
Ban on smoking in French High Schools

On April 20, 2016 the Administrative Court of Cergy, France, decided to support non-smoking associations in a call to stop smoking in all areas of French High Schools.

Invoking the terrorist risk, a number of principals have established illegal smoking zones inside their schools. NGO and ENSP member Les Droits de Non-Fumeurs (DNF) has filed three administrative appeal cases in accordance with the National Commission against Tobacco (Comité National contre le Tabagisme).

The decision given by Cergy Administrative Court on April 20 demands suspension of all smoking areas in high schools. The French minister of education has furthermore annouced that the increased security measures should not result in smoking on school grounds.

Read the DNF Press Release (in French).
Ukrainian Parliament supports the implementation of FCTC

On April 13, 2016 members of the Ukrainian Parliament adopted the Declaration of the 10th anniversary of WHO FCTC ratification by Ukraine. The purpose of the Declaration, which was supported by 232 MPs, is to evaluate the implementation of the WHO FCTC by Ukraine and to identify the tobacco control goals and objectives to reduce smoking prevalence and mortality from diseases associated with tobacco use in Ukraine. Read more..
Belgian smoking prevalence under 17% by 2018

On April 9, the Belgian Health Minister Maggie De Block has launched a new tobacco control plan on Saturday April 9. The plan aims to bring the percentage of people living in Belgium that smoke under 17% by 2018. Currently 18.3% of those resident in Belgium are regular smokers.

Excise duty on tobacco products is to be increased and branding on cigarette packets will be banned from 2019, while the cost of treatment to help smokers quit will be fully refunded. Read more..

Experts push for tobacco control in Austria

On April 5 the Austrian Committee on Climate and Air Quality of the Austrian Academy of Sciences held the symposium "Tobacco Control, State of the Art & Best Available Practice". Speakers highlighted the benefits of implementing anti-smoking measures in a bid to encourage Austria to follow suit. In Austria partial smoking bans were introduced in workplaces in 2001 and public places in 2009, but they have not been thoroughly implemented.

From May 2016 novel tobacco products (including e-cigarettes without nicotine) are covered by the smoking ban and may be consumed only where smoking is allowed, while legislation on banning smoking in bars and restaurants is not due for implementation before May 2018. On April 29 the Austrian Parliament will vote on the Tobacco Act and Health and Food Act, concerning regulation of warning images on cigarette packages according to TPD-II.

The three Austrian parties Neos, Team Stronach and FPÖ are opposed to the law with FPÖ recently gaining a considerable number votes. One possible outcome is that the party’s candidate will win the presidential elections on May 22, 2016 and force the government to resign for new elections before the smoking ban in bars and restaurants enters into force. Read more..
Maastricht University Summer School 2016
June 27 - July 1, 2016
University of Maastricht is hosting the Summer School Health Communication Health Promotion, Theory and Practice.

The course aims at contributing to understand the main theoretical principles underlying health communication and health promotion, as well as the application of these principles in practice. The course will include lectures and practical exercises to apply the acquired knowledge.

Find more information here.
New Published Articles

To see all articles published in the April supplement in Tobacco Prevention and Cessation, click here.

To download the ENSP conference abstract book click here.
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