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On Tuesday, 16 April 2024, history was made. The UK Tobacco and Vapes Bill, a ground-breaking legislation that will raise the age of sale incrementally every year from 2027 onwards, was passed by 383 votes to 67. The greatest achievement of this Bill is the Age of Sale restriction: this will create a Smoke-free Generation: anyone born on or after 1 January 2009 will never be allowed to buy cigarettes legally. This represents a great victory for the collective good and the health of all Brits. 

 

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, <<04/04/2024>> – The Smoke Free Partnership, a coalition of more than 55 NGOs working on tobacco control at the  European level, published its annual infographic on “Declared Tobacco industry presence in the EU policy-making environment”. The analysis aims to shed light on the human and economic resources the tobacco industry and its allies can count on to lobby the EU institutions. 

The 2023 edition of the Infographic on the Declared Tobacco Industry Presence in the EU Policy-Making Environment is out! 

On 14 March, Belgian Minister of Health Frank Vandenbroucke attended the meeting of the Alliance for a Smoke Free Society. Here, he delivered what has been defined "The best speech of a Belgian Minister of Public Health on tobacco control over the last 50 years". 

International Women's Day 2024

Friday, 08 March 2024
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On this year's International Women's Day, we want to reflect on the way women are differently impacted and often discriminated against by the tobacco industry. 

Progress and challenges after COP10 and MOP3

Monday, 04 March 2024
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COP10 and MOP3 brought together delegations from around the world and though we saw some big wins for tobacco control, there remain major gaps that need to be addressed. Throughout the last two weeks, civil society worked hard to move the agenda forward and work collaboratively with Parties to advance tobacco control.

In its 10th session, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)  Conference of the Parties (COP) has, for the first time, the opportunity to support the development of options for using liability to protect the environment, as suggested by the Draft Decision on WHO FCTC Article 19 initially proposed by Oman, Iran, and Pakistan under agenda item 6.5. 

COP10 Bulletin

Tuesday, 06 February 2024
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The Tenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP10) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control - the governing body of the global tobacco control treaty – is resuming from 5 to 10 February 2024 in Panama. The COP10 is the most important global tobacco control governing body meeting. 

By failing to publish its proposal on smoke-free environments, heated tobacco products and e-cigarettes/vapes enjoy the same liberties that cigarettes had 30 years ago.

SFP QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER Edition 3, 2023

Wednesday, 10 January 2024
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SFP QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER Edition 4, 2023

Wednesday, 10 January 2024
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The Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control (GGTC) released the 2023 Global Tobacco Industry Interference Index (Index) and the European region’s results are worrisome. 

 

Following the European Commission’s indefinite delay of the revision of the EU Tobacco Tax Directive (TTD), a new piece of research unveils the cost of delay across the EU. In addition to jeopardising the Europe Beating Cancer Plan’s goal of a Tobacco-Free Generation, the estimated costs of continued inaction are sobering. 

Why tobacco prices and taxes are stagnating in the EU

Monday, 04 September 2023
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The cost of a pack of Marlboro in 2022 varies in the 27 EU countries from €2,91 in Bulgaria to €15,40 in Ireland, data collected and analysed by the Smoke Free Partnership (SFP) shows.

On 14 August 2023, the Smoke Free Partnership made its official submission to the United Nations Environment Programme Plastics Secretariat ahead of the third session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution.

 

SFP's Senior Advisor Luk Joosens assesses the implementation of the tracking and tracing system in countries party to the WHO FCTC Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products.

SFP QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER Edition 2, 2023

Tuesday, 20 June 2023
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SFP Policy Actions & Communications

SFP Input into Consultations:

- SFP made its submission to the European Commissions public consultation on the evaluation of the General Framework for Tobacco Control (TPD and TAD). Many thanks to coalition partners for their support and for sending in their contributions to the submission process.

ABOUT THE SMOKE FREE PARTNERSHIP (SFP):

SFP is a coalition of NGOs working exclusively on EU policy analysis and advocacy linked to the implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Our vision is a world free from the death and suffering caused by tobacco consumption.

To this end, SFP works with decision makers to ensure that tobacco control receives adequate political attention at EU level and to promote tobacco control information and policy research at EU and national level, in collaboration with other EU health organizations and tobacco control networks. It also aims to ensure FCTC implementation globally, and is working to release EU funding for tobacco control to counter poverty in developing countries.

The  Smoke Free Partnership (SFP) is participating in the Second Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Plastic Pollution (INC-2) to advocate for a ban on cigarette filters.

Summary: In April 2023, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) released its options paper that summarizes a set of objectives, substantive provisions, including core obligations, control measures, voluntary approaches, implementation measures, and means of implementation for the upcoming plastics treaty talks.

The Smoke Free Partnership (SFP)  will be participating in the Second Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Plastic Pollution (INC-2) to advocate for a ban on cigarette filters.

SFP is in Paris from 29 May to 2 June, to join forces with the Stop Tobacco Pollution Alliance (STPA) and push for key messages to ensure that the currently negotiated UN plastic treaty talks align with EU and global legal tobacco control commitments.

The Smoke Free Partnership (SFP) will be participating in the Second Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Plastic Pollution (INC-2) to advocate for a ban on cigarette filters.

Summary: UNEA Resolution 5/14 calls for the development of a global plastics treaty. Formal negotiations start at the end of November 2022. The treaty is expected to address the issue of Single Use Plastics (SUPs), under which cigarette filters have been classified.

 

The Smoke Free Partnership (SFP)  is participating in the Second Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Plastic Pollution (INC-2) to advocate for a ban on cigarette filters.

Summary: Measures to address plastics, especially single-use plastics, should align with the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Cigarette filters are plastic fibres that have been linked to a more aggressive form of cancer. The filter is a design feature that, if removed, could reduce consumer appeal.

The Smoke Free Partnership (SFP) is participating in the Second Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Plastic Pollution (INC-2) to advocate for a ban on cigarette filters.

Summary: The tobacco industry is facing a potential ban on plastic filters. Filters are toxic waste, as they release harmful chemicals, including heavy metals and radioactive substances, as they decompose. There is no viable treatment or recycling solution for these products. Such a ban poses a threat to the industry's profitability, and as a result, manufacturers are seeking to circumvent such a ban by creating “biodegradable filters.”

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