BRUSSELS, 27 June 2017 – There is no Plan B for fighting illicit trade of tobacco products if the European Union adopts a tobacco industry-controlled tracking and tracing system, warned international experts and advocates. The calls were made during the High Level Conference on the Illicit Trade of Tobacco Products organised by the Smoke Free Partnership at the European Parliament in Brussels today. The conference was hosted by Francoise Grossetête MEP and co-hosted by MEPs Karin Kadenbach and Bart Staes, and aimed to bring to the forefront a public health perspective on the ongoing discussions.
On 20 June 2017 SFP organised a high level conference on tobacco and research, bringing together leading academics, researchers, and policy makers in research to address the gaps in tobacco control policy research in Europe, explain the need for synergistic relationships between research and policy, and discuss how partnerships in tobacco control research could be developed in Europe and other parts of the world
Brussels, 31 May 2017– On World No Tobacco Day, public health organisations call for speeding up the implementation of the FCTC at EU and regional level, as a way to ensure the fulfilment of the Sustainable Development agenda.
Brussels, 30 March 2017- New tobacco products are now being promoted by the tobacco industry, using a “consultant” (Mr Jos Draijer) recruited after a controversial career as a national health representative and European Bureau member for the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).
Brussels, 13 March 2017- On 22 March 2017, British American Tobacco is due to sponsor the European Conference on Fighting Organised Crime and Terrorism 2017, which lists as speakers and participants high-level EU officials alongside business representatives. As a sponsor, the company has input to the programme and provides speakers to this conference.
Brussels – The Smoke Free Partnership calls on the European Commission to recognize the importance of tobacco taxation in protecting public health in its upcoming proposal for a revision of the Tobacco Tax Directive.
Brussels - This edition of the SFP news update highlights key policy updates on tobacco taxation, illicit trade and tobacco control research, and gives the SFP Coalition partners a brief report from COP7 in India.
Brussels – The Smoke Free Partnership notes with alarm that despite a clear, strong-worded ruling of maladministration issued today by the European Ombudsman, the European Commission’s meetings with the tobacco industry at the highest level continue uninterrupted.
Brussels – Over 100 countries have adopted pictorial health warnings, and almost 20 have adopted or are considering the introduction of plain standardised packaging, shows a new international status report.
Ljubljana, October 2016- View the video with SFP's contribution to press conference organised by the SFP Coalition partner Slovenian Coalition for Public Health, Environment and Tobacco Control.
Brussels – The Smoke Free Partnership (SFP) applauds the decision of the Commission to reject renewal or extension of the PMI Agreement with the EU, beyond its current date of expiry- 9th July 2016. The decision sets a milestone in the fight against illicit tobacco trade by allowing the allocation of resources and efforts for implementing more adequate measures, such as the global WHO Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products.
Strasbourg - The EU will soon become the 18th jurisdiction to ratify the WHO Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products (Illicit Trade Protocol). The Smoke Free Partnership welcomes the European Parliament`s plenary vote for the ratification of the Protocol by the EU and calls on the EU Member States to follow its lead.
Brussels - During a reception at the European Parliament to celebrate World No Tobacco Day 2016, organised by the Smokefree Partnership and 12 other health and tobacco control organisations, participants celebrated the entry into force of the Tobacco Products Directive and the implementation of plain packaging in the UK and France, with Ireland soon to follow, a measure made possible under the 2014 TPD.
The 2016 World No Tobacco Day focused on plain packaging falls just a few days after the entry into force of the Tobacco Products Directive, which has greatly contributed to the implementation of plain packaging in EU Member States. This reception celebrated the Directive and the possibilities it has created for Member States to introduce plain packaging of tobacco products.
Brussels - The Smoke Free Partnership welcomes the entry into force of the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) that sets the EU on a course towards more effective prevention of smoking, especially among children and young people.
Brussels - The Smoke Free Partnership calls on EU Member States to implement the provisions of the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD).
Brussels - Yesterday the European Parliament adopted a Resolution stating, in no uncertain terms, that the European Commission should not renew, extend or renegotiate the Agreement with Phillips Morris International (PMI) beyond its current date of expiry in July 2016.
Brussels - Tobacco industry interference remains the single largest obstacle to effective policies against tobacco use across Europe. Regretfully this interference is largely unrecognised and unchallenged by policymakers.
Brussels - SFP and health organisations across the EU have expressed alarm at the possibility that the European Commission will try to extend its legal agreement on tobacco smuggling with the major tobacco multinational Philip Morris International
Brussels – The Smoke Free Partnership is dismayed by the European Commission’s continued failure to implement more transparency in its dealings with the tobacco industry.
Brussels - SFP is delighted to see that the Advocate General’s Opinions uphold measures that intended to protect the health of hundreds of millions of EU citizens.
Latest developments regarding Article 8 of the FCTC on smoke free policies in Romania and in the Czech Republic.