This summary of the 2022 application for an EU4H operating grant presents the activities planned by the SFP Coalition in 2022

Sunday, 01 May 2022

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.

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 organisations and tobacco control networks. Furthermore, it aims to ensure the implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

To achieve this, SPF and the Coalition:

  • advocate for evidence-based tobacco control policies,
  • mobilise European stakeholders and decision makers to make tobacco control a priority,
  • mobilise health organisations, researchers and international networks to strengthen the global response to tobacco,
  • call for the implementation of the FCTC to put an end to the tobacco epidemic.

Through its operational activities, SFP delivers on improved health prevention, capacity building and networking with impact on health activities and practices at EU level. The added value for the European Union of the proposed activities relies on outputs such as online materials, capacity-building and training activities to reduce the impact of risk factors for non-communicable diseases. Some of the activities in this proposal are expected to contribute to the implementation of relevant EU health legislations and the implementation of non-legislative policy initiatives. With the help of its Coalition, SPF facilitates the exchange of knowledge, capacity building related to smoking prevention, and cooperation with other civil society organisations and international organisations, such as WHO, active in the field of smoking prevention.

The SFP objectives directly contribute 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”. In particular, the 2022 work programme invites through the 2ndstrand “Health promotion & disease prevention” to actions on  “Health promotion and prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCD) and related risk factors”, and through the 3rd strand on “Cancer” to “Health promotion, cancer prevention and related risk factors” and “Tobacco control policy”.

The current proposal also contributes to the objective of “Saving lives through sustainable cancer prevention” included in the Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, where the clear and measurable target of “a tobacco-free generation: ensuring that less than 5% of the population uses tobacco by 2040” was set.

In particular, SFP and its Coalition partners will assist the EU institutions and national governments with evidence-based information and advicefor the development of tobacco prevention and control policies and the promotion of healthy lifestyles to prevent cancer and chronic diseases at EU and national level with a special focus on young people, reducing health inequalities, and promoting health in all policies. SFP’s activities remain consistent with the EU’s long-term health objectives – asserted through its preceding Public Health Programmes - of promoting health, preventing diseases, and contributing to healthier populations through the life course.  

SPF’s activities and campaigns also interrelate with numerous aspects of EU policy, inter alia the internal market, taxation, illicit trade, environment, development, etc. As such, the SFP Coalition by spearheading successful campaigns and building advocacy capacity among civil society organisations, will continue to contribute to civil dialogue processes in relevant policy areas to increase the commitment of policy-makers and public authorities.

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