SFP is searching for a new Communications Intern

Wednesday, 15 February 2023
SFP News

The Communications Intern supports the implementation of the SFP multi-annual strategy and annual work plans. S/he will work closely with the SFP Director within a small team and will have cross-cutting responsibilities to support the communication of SFP’s work towards its stakeholders. S/he will assist SFP’s communications strategy and will represent SFP and its positions externally. In addition, the Communications intern will ensure the two-way communication with SFP Coalition members and the timely reaction to network and partner requests.

SFP's submission to UNEP on the UN Global Plastics Treaty

Monday, 16 January 2023
SFP News, Position Papers

The Smoke Free partnership (SFP) submitted input to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in preparation for the next Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC-2) on a proposed UN international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment. All the points we share align with the Stop Tobacco Pollution Alliance (STPA) recommendations.

Brussels, 21 December: the latest 2022 edition, of the SFP infographic on the declared tobacco industry presence in the EU policy-making environment is out.

SFP Newsletter holiday edition

Tuesday, 20 December 2022
SFP News

Dear colleagues and friends,

As the end of the year is approaching, we would like to thank you for all the support and wish you happy holidays. Much has changed in this past year at SFP and we appreciate your support during this transition period. As you know, Lilia Olefir has been appointed Director of SFP in September 2022. Lilia worked as Executive Director of Advocacy Centre LIFE before joining SFP as Policy and Communications Manager.

Brussels, 15 December 2022 - The new Smoke Free Partnership (SFP) interactive map of smoke-free legislation shows that several European countries are failing to adequately protect their citizens from tobacco smoke in public places.

The Smoke Free Partnership (SFP) and the Comité National Contre le Tabagisme (CNCT) welcome the European Commission’s initiative to conduct a fitness check of the application of the Polluter Pays Principle (PPP) to the environment. We are contributing to this process by providing input on the limits of the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme, a form of PPP, as it was introduced by the Single-Use Plastics (SUP) Directive, when it comes to tobacco product waste.

The presentation of the Council Directive 2011/64/EU on excise rules for tobacco (the Tobacco Tax Directive - TTD) was planned for 7 December 2022 in line with the European Commission published work programme for 2022. The release has been postponed. This cannot be a surprise given the tobacco industry’s omnipresence, lobbying and interference at the EU level.

Brussels, 2 December 2022 - The 2021 Tobacco Control Scale was presented today at the ICO-WHO Symposium on Tobacco Control in Barcelona. The new ranking describes the tobacco control actions (price increase, smoking bans in public places, etc) implemented in 37 European countries in 2021 (EU 27 countries + Bosnia & Herzegovina, Iceland, Israel, Norway, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Ukraine, UK and Turkey). The scale shows Ireland, UK and France leading the ranking while Serbia, Switzerland and Bosnia & Herzegovina show poor results.

Brussels, 1 December 2022: Smoke Free Partnership (SFP) welcome the solicitation for feedback to review the 2017 rules that set out EU standards on tracking and tracing of tobacco products. The amendments seek to tailor the tracing system to reflect the data sets that are generated during its real world functioning.

SFP is searching for a new Policy Officer

Wednesday, 23 November 2022
SFP News

The Policy Officer supports the implementation of the SFP strategy and annual work plans. S/he will work closely with the SFP Director within a small team and will have policy campaign responsibilities. S/he will have a responsibility to execute SFP’s policy strategy and allocated deliverables and will represent SFP and its positions externally. 

Brussels, 7 November - SFP welcomes the Delegated Directive (EU) 2022/2100 that was published in the Official Journal on November 3, 2022. This Directive imposes a ban on heated tobacco flavours, and mandatory labelling requirements for heated tobacco products, as for cigarettes, in accordance with Art. 11 of the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD).

2021 Annual Report

Friday, 04 November 2022
SFP News, Annual Reports

 Learn more about SFP's work in 2021 through our latest Annual Report

SFP Statement - Philip Morris Germany event in PLUX

Thursday, 29 September 2022
SFP News

Today, 29 September 2022, the Philip Morris Germany organises an “after work cocktail reception” in the strategically located Place du Luxembourg (PLUX) to “exchange ideas” with the assistants of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).

SFP and CEO sent a letter to MEPs urging them and their cabinet members in EU Parliament not to lend their credibility and profile to the tobacco industry and not to contribute to legitimising a company or an industry with such an abysmal track record. 

New leadership at the Smoke Free Partnership

Thursday, 15 September 2022
SFP News

Brussels, 15 September 2022: the Board of the Smoke Free Partnership (SFP) is delighted to announce that Lilia Olefir has been appointed as SFP Director.

Fifteen members of the EU4Health Civil Society Alliance have called, in a joint statement, for the European Commission to include Operating Grants for health NGOs in the EU4Health 2023 Work Programme.

SFP Newsletter Edition II 2022

Monday, 05 September 2022
SFP News, Partner News

The second edition of the SFP Newsletter is out.

Learn about policy updates, SFP policy materials submitted to the Commission and read the news from our partners.

This internship is an excellent opportunity for anyone willing to develop hands-on knowledge about EU-level policymaking, advocacy, and communications in the health, environment, and sustainability areas while working for a purpose in a motivated and mission-driven team.

Brussels, 16 August 2022: Smoke Free Partnership submits its contribution to the EU Commission’s public consultation on the revision of the Waste Framework Directive (WFD). SFP makes the case for a ban on tobacco filters and a more ambitious liability mechanism for the tobacco industry’s environmental impact and management of the post-consumption waste of its products.

Brussels, 20 July 2022: SFP welcomes the Commission’s initiative to revise its 2009 recommendation on Smoke-Free Environments. Recommendation on Smoke-Free Environments is key if the EU is to denormalize smoking in order to achieve the target set in the Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan to reduce smoking prevalence across the EU to 5% in 2040.

Brussels, 30 June 2022 - Smoke Free Partnership (SFP) welcomes the European Commission’s Delegated Directive that will prohibit flavours in heated tobacco products (HTPs) and will impose mandatory labeling requirements, as for cigarettes, for HTPs in accordance with Art. 11 of the EU Tobacco Products Directive 2014.

The full statement is available below.

SFP welcomes the evaluation of the legislative framework for tobacco control (including the Tobacco Products Directive 2014/40/EU, Tobacco Advertising Directive 2003/33/EC and other related tobacco control policies across the EU) that aims to safeguard public health and protect young people from tobacco-related harm. SFP in its responses provides policy suggestion to strengthen the legislative framework for tobacco control in line with the Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan.

SFP Quarterly Newsletter, Edition I, 2022

Thursday, 05 May 2022
SFP News

Here is the first SFP newsletter of 2022! Here you will find highlights of the last months, as well as key materials and events. 

SFP`s vision is a world where all children can grow up healthy and free from tobacco.  

The overarching goal of the SFP Coalition’s work programme is to prevent cancer and other non-communicable diseases through tobacco control advocacy, so as to improve the health of EU citizens and reduce health inequalities by promoting tobacco prevention at EU and Member State level with a special focus on young people.

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