In resonance with WHO’s World No Tobacco Day 2023 theme of “We need food, not tobacco”, SFP calls for transitioning away from tobacco farming.

Key facts:

1. EU continues to subsidise tobacco farming through its Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to a tune of between €100 and €270 million over 5 years

2. Migrants including minors in Italy were forced to work 12-hour days without contracts or protective equipment, being paid as little as €3 an hour.

3. Tobacco cultivation contaminates food crops with toxic nicotine, posing a public health threat.

The Smoke Free Partnership (SFP), a coalition of more than 50 NGOs working in tobacco control, expresses concern over the event “Recipe for a Smoke-Free Europe: Learnings from the Swedish Experience” that will be hosted in the European Parliament on 31 May, which is the World No Tobacco Day. The focus of the event is the use of alternative nicotine products in Sweden.

SFP urges the European Parliament to not host any events that could be linked to an industry that is responsible for 700,000 deaths within the EU annually.

This application summary details the activities planned by the SFP Coalition for 2023 and how SFP’s objectives contribute directly to the first goal of the EU4Health Programme: “To improve and foster health in the Union: disease prevention & health promotion and international health initiatives & cooperation”. One of the Commissions 2023 work programme objectives 3.5 Promoting our European Way of Life (prevention package) highlights that “The Commission will continue the implementation of the ambitious Beating Cancer Plan, one of the pillars of a strong European Health Union”.

On April 18, 2023, the EU Ombudsman released a preliminary opinion following its own-initiative inquiry on the transparency of meetings between the European Commission with tobacco interest representatives which originated in 2020 and 2021.


Wednesday, 29 March 2023
SFP News

SFP Policy Actions & Communications

Tobacco Taxation and Products Regulation:

- The Tobacco Tax Directive which was planned for December 7, 2022 according to the agenda of Commissioners, has been postponed. SFP held meetings with Commission representatives: Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union and with the Cabinet of Commissioner Gentiloni. 

- A public consultation on the evaluation of the General Framework for Tobacco Control (TPD and TAD) was launched by DG SANTE. The deadline for submission is May 16, 2023. SFP will share a draft with you by the end of April.

- On March 1, 2023 the Commission adopted an IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU), amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/574 on technical standards for the establishment and operation of a traceability system for tobacco products.

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.

Brussels, 21 December:The 2022 edition of SFP Infographic on the Ddeclared 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.

EU4Health Civil Society Alliance Joint Position Paper

Thursday, 15 December 2022

SFP as part of the EU4Health Civil Society Alliance has published a joint paper on the ways to build more meaningful engagement of public health civil society organisations in EU policy-making. 

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.

Brussels, 15 December 2022: The Smoke Free Partnership (SFP) welcomes the Commission’s initiative to revise the 2009 Recommendation on smoke-free environments. SFP agrees that such a revision is much needed, given the latest market developments, the latest findings of studies regarding the impact of tobacco smoke and emerging products’ aerosols on health and the environment, the specific vulnerability of children to second-hand and third-hand tobacco smoke, and the wide divergence of smoke-free laws across Member States.

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.

Norwegian Cancer Society, 5 December 2022: The tobacco industry should be made accountable to people, society and the environment via a tobacco industry levy that can be used for instance for smoking cessation services and the removal of environmental waste (cigarette butts, snus pouches and e-cigarettes).

Please find the details in the translation of Norwegian Cancer Society's paper Introduce a 'polluter pays' tobacco industry levy on profits from tobacco sales.

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.

The sale of cigarettes is incredibly profitable for tobacco giants. In 2018, the six biggest tobacco producers made a tidy sum of 55 billion dollars in profit. That's more than Coca-Cola, Pepsico, Nestlé, Mondelez, Fedex, General Mills (including Häagen-Dazs), Starbucks, Heineken and Carlsberg put together.

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.

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