SMOKE FREE PARTNERSHIP POLICY MATERIALS

SFP's tax expert Professor Ángel López-Nicolás from the Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena in Spain published this Working Paper on the effects of an unofficial draft of the European Commission's revised Tobacco Tax Directive (TTD) on novel products and combustibles. The revised TTD was expected to launch in December 2022 but has been postponed indefinitely.  

SFP's Tax Expert Professor Ángel López-Nicolás from the Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena in Spain published this Policy Brief on the effects of the unofficial draft of the European Commission's revised Tobacco Tax Directive (TTD) on novel products and combustibles. The revised TTD was expected to launch in December 2022 but has been postponed indefinitely. 

Position Paper on Electronic Cigarettes

Thursday, 08 February 2024
Novel & Emerging Products

This briefing paper sets out to propose elements of background, consensus, and policy recommendations in relation to the relative risks of e-cigarettes (relative vs. smoking and relative vs. non-use), the key EU policy measures, and more general recommendations to the EU Member States. 

Based on the data presented in this Policy Brief, SFP has produced the following infographics. 

Advocacy Tobacco Tax Toolkit 2023

Tuesday, 12 December 2023
Taxation

This toolkit aims to support SFP Coalition Partners and other CSOs working on public health and tobacco control in developing and implementing advocacy campaigns to influence national tobacco tax policy. 

[Note Politique] La taxation du tabac dans l'UE

Tuesday, 14 November 2023
Partner News, Taxation

L'expert fiscal de la SFP, le Professeur Ángel López-Nicolás de l'Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena en Espagne, a publié cette Note Politique sur l'effet d'un projet non officiel de la Directive Révisée sur la Taxe sur le Tabac (Tobacco Tax Directive, TTD) de la Commission Européenne. La TTD révisée devait être lancée en décembre 2022, mais elle a été reportée indéfiniment. 

 

On 14 November 2023, the Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control (GGTC) released the 2023 Global Tobacco Industry Interference Index

The SmokeFree Partnership, together with Corporate Europe Observatory and GGTC, worked on the European Index and the results are worrisome as no country is immune to influence from the tobacco industry. 

The Smoke Free Partnership welcomes the openness shown by some of the EU political groups to inputs from civil society and stakeholders in the process of defining their electoral manifestos for them to better reflect citizen’s views. 

SFP's tax expert Professor Ángel López-Nicolás from the Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena in Spain published this Working Paper on the effect of an unofficial draft of the European Commission's revised Tobacco Tax Directive (TTD). The revised TTD was expected to launch in December 2022 but has been postponed indefinitely. 

SFP's Tax Expert Professor Ángel López-Nicolás from the Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena in Spain published this Policy Brief on the effect of an unofficial draft of the European Commission's revised Tobacco Tax Directive (TTD). The revised TTD was expected to launch in December 2022 but has been postponed indefinitely. 

Document de prise de position sur les produits du tabac chauffés

Monday, 25 September 2023
Novel & Emerging Products

Les produits du tabac chauffés (PTC) sont des produits du tabac qui ont été lancés pour la première fois en 2014 et qui bénéficient d’une promotion massive de la part des entreprises de tabac. Les études sur l’incidence des PTC sur la santé sont rares. Selon l’Organisation mondiale de la santé, il n’existe pas de preuves suffisantes pour étayer l’allégation selon laquelle ces produits seraient moins nocifs que les cigarettes traditionnelles. 

Document de prise de position sur les cigarettes électroniques

Monday, 25 September 2023
Novel & Emerging Products

Le présent document de prise de position vise à proposer des éléments de contexte, un consensus et des recommandations politiques concernant les risques relatifs (par rapport au tabagisme et par rapport à une non-utilisation) posés par les cigarettes électroniques, les principales mesures politiques adoptées par l’UE et des recommandations plus générales à l’intention des États membres de l’UE. 

Bruxelles, 15 décembre 2022: Le Smoke Free Partnership (SFP) salue l’initiative de la Commission visant à mettre à jour la recommandation de 2009 relative aux environnements sans tabac. SFP partage l’avis selon lequel une telle mise à jour est grandement nécessaire, compte tenu des dernières évolutions du marché, des dernières conclusions des études menées sur les effets de la fumée de tabac et des aérosols des produits émergents sur la santé et l’environnement, la vulnérabilité particulière des enfants à la fumée de tabac secondaire et tertiaire et de la forte divergence des législations antitabac entre les États Membres. 

Position Paper on Heated Tobacco Products

Monday, 11 September 2023
Novel & Emerging Products

Heated tobacco products (HTPs) are tobacco products first launched in 2014 and heavily promoted by tobacco companies. There is limited research, mainly financed by tobacco companies, on the impact of HTPs on health. The World Health Organization believes there is insufficient evidence to support the claim of less harm relative to conventional cigarettes. 

 

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.

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 Stop Tobacco Pollution Alliance (STPA)- Tobacco in Plastics Policies

Thursday, 01 June 2023
SFP News, Products Regulation

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.”

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 Tobacco Control Scale 2021

Friday, 02 December 2022

This report describes the results of a survey of tobacco control activity in 37 European countries in 2021, using the Tobacco Control Scale (TCS). 
The data used for the 2021 survey refers to legislation in force on the 1 January 2022, to 2020 data on prices of tobacco products, and to the tobacco control budget in 2020. Any legislation, price increases, or funding introduced or enforced after those dates are not included. 

Brussels, 16 August 2022: Smoke Free Partnership (SFP) submits its contribution to the EU Commission’s public consultation on the revision of the Waste Framework Directive (WFD). SFP makes the case for a ban on tobacco filters and a more ambitious liability mechanism for the tobacco industry’s environmental impact and management of the post-consumption waste of its products.

Brussels, 20 July 2022: SFP welcomes the Commission’s initiative to revise its 2009 recommendation on Smoke-Free Environments. Recommendation on Smoke-Free Environments is key if the EU is to denormalize smoking in order to achieve the target set in the Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan to reduce smoking prevalence across the EU to 5% in 2040.

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