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The Lithuanian example: reducing tobacco industry interference

Wednesday, 21 November 2018
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Vilnius, February 2017 - Early last year, Lithuania reached a consensus position on tobacco industry interference. On this occasion, our SFP Coalition partner, the Lithuanian National Tobacco and Alcohol Control Coalition (NTAKK) prepared a statement with more information.

World No Tobacco Day 2018 in Romania - summary of activities

Thursday, 23 August 2018
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The Romanian Pneumology and Cardiology Societies have released an executive summary of the 2018 No Tobacco Campaign, available below.

Sign Spanish NGOs petition for smoke-free beaches!

Thursday, 23 August 2018
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Nofumadores.org have created a petition to ban all smoking on Spanish beaches. Having achieved almost 120,000 signatures in two weeks, Nofumadores intends to take those signatures to the Health Ministry in the first weeks of September. Spanish beaches welcome millions of people each year, therefore, the policy could have an important impact on second-hand smoking and also contribute to a reduction of toxic waste produced by cigarette butts in our oceans. The petition can be found at:

https://www.change.org/p/que-todas-las-playas-sean-espacios-libres-de-humo-de-tabaco

Brussels, 4 December 2017 – the Smoke Free Partnership, the Belgian Foundation against Cancer and the Romanian Association for Health Promotion have signed a letter, written with the support of over 35 other tobacco control and public health organisations, urging the Minister of Culture of Romania to reconsider the involvement of the tobacco industry in the organisation of the country’s participation to Europalia 2019.  

Kiev, 13 December 2017 - the Parliament of Ukraine plans to increase excise taxes on tobacco in 2018 by 30%, and approves a 7-year plan for increasing taxes on cigarettes. The team of the NGO "Life" have prepared a press release with details, benefits and challenges of the plan.

London, 18 July 2017: Action on Smoking and Health has welcomed the Government’s new Tobacco Control Plan for England, “Towards a Smokefree Generation”, published today. [1] 

Prague, 2 June 2017- Following the new law banning smoking in public places approved by the Czech Parliament and the President back on February 2017, the smoking ban in Czech Republic is finally in effect since Wednesday 31 May 2017.

London, 11 May 2017 -- A new study published in Tobacco Control, developed by researchers at the UK Research Forum and commissioned by Cancer Research UK, examined the health and economic impact of the UK becoming ‘tobacco-free’ - where less than 5% of the population smoke. The study predicts that achieving this target would avoid nearly 100,000 new cases of smoking-related disease including 35,900 cancers over 20 years.

Dublin, 29 March 2017- Minister for Health, Simon Harris and Minister of State, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy today (Wednesday) announced that the legislation for the standardised packaging of tobacco is to come into force in September 2017.  This follows the signing of the commencement order today (Wednesday) by Minister Corcoran Kennedy for the standardised packaging provisions of the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Act 2015.

Kyiv, 28 March 2017-  Read SFP's Coalition partner LIFE press release on reduction of 28% of smoking prevalence rate among young people in Ukraine.

Sarajevo - SFP is glad to share the good news from Bosnia and Herzegovina and its partner PROI about adoption of tobacco control bill by the government.

Slovenia adopts plain packaging

Wednesday, 15 February 2017
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Brussels - Congratulations to SFP Coalition Partners No excuse Slovenia and Slovenian Coalition for Public Health, Environment and Tobacco Control for their tireless advocacy to support this legislation in the last year.

Brussels - The European Parliament in the presence of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rubber-stamped the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada.

Prague - We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 the Czech Parliament and the President approved a new law banning smoking in many public places.

Vilnius - SFP’s partner NTAKK together with major Lithuanian institutions involved in tobacco control policy have co-signed a consensus position regarding their commitment to protect tobacco control policy from interference of the tobacco industry.

Czech Republic takes further step towards smokefree policies

Thursday, 19 January 2017
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Prague - On Thursday, 19 January 2017 the Czech Senate voted by a wide margin (45-12) to approve a smoking ban in bars, restaurants and cafes in the Czech Republic.

Stockholm - SFP's partner Tobaksfakta has recently produced a film named Kiosken around the topic of Sweden's implementation of the EU's Tobacco Products Directive

Oslo - Members of Parliament voted in favour of standardised packaging of tobacco products despite intense lobbying by the tobacco industry to sway politicians against the measure.

Stockholm - SFP's Coalition partner Tobaksfakta have received funds from the Public Health Agency for a project that will help to increase public knowledge and awareness of important news in the Tobacco Act.

London - The Appeal Court has today handed down a ruling rejecting the tobacco industry’s appeal against the law requiring standardised packaging of cigarettes and hand-rolled tobacco.[1] 

Kyiv - SFP's Coalition partner, Advocacy Center LIFE, conducted a press conference to expose tobacco industry’s marketing tactics targeting children.

London - The tobacco industry’s challenge to the UK’s standardised tobacco packaging regulations is drawing to a close today and a ruling is expected to be made by the judge, the Hon. Mr Justice Green, in the New Year.

Dublin, July 2015- SFP's temporary partner, the Irish Cancer Society published ‘TTIP, ISDS and the Implications for Irish Public Health Policy’ – a major report into how an investor-State dispute mechanism could potentially affect the ability of the Oireachtas to pass laws that will reduce the cancer rate and save lives.

London - Governments worldwide should consider using tobacco taxation as a tool to finance sustainable development and save lives, says the declaration of a major UN conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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