In March 2016, SFP conducted an exercise of identifying tobacco interest representatives registered in the EU’s Transparency Register. The search aimed to identify human and budget resources declared by the tobacco industry as lobbying towards the EU institutions. The results were published at https://smokefreepartnership.eu/position-papers-briefings-reports/sfp-briefing-on-article-5-3-of-the-fctc.
A similar exercise was conducted in 2017, relating to the updated declarations in the EU transparency register related 2015-2016 tobacco industry lobby spending.
Article 5.3 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control requires Parties to take measures to protect public health policies from tobacco industry interference. This briefing looks at how European countries have implemented those provisions.
On Monday 2 October 2017 SFP submitted comments to the public consultation regarding the Implementing Regulation on a Traceability System for Tobacco Products, Delegated Regulation on Data Storage Contracts and Implementing Decision on Security Features. The submission was endorsed by 41 other partner organisations.
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.
Read the SFP report on tobacco and research
Read SFP's Spotlight on Article 20 of the FCTC
Read SFP's report on Article 20 of the FCTC
Read SFP's Briefing on Article 5.3 of the FCTC
Read SFP's briefing on Articles 11 and 13 of the FCTC
Read SFP's position paper on revision of the Council Directive 2011/64/EU regarding Excises Duties for Tobacco Products.
The conference report highlights the challenges in the implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and specifically its Article 5.3 which asks governments to protect public health from the interference of the tobacco industry.
12 October 2016. SFP organised a roundtable on Research, Surveillance and Exchange of Information (FCTC Art 20) hosted by MEP Linda McAvan. The overall objective of the roundtable was to raise awareness of and support for Article 20 of the FCTC in order to ensure this important article is no longer overlooked and gets the attention it deserves amongst all policy makers in charge of research within the European Union.
20-21 June 2016. SFP together with the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, held a 2-day Capacity Building Seminar that took place in Bratislava. The aim of this seminar was to strengthen the training developed by SFP in previous years in order to effectively support national, European and international policy initiatives in line with Articles 6 (taxation) and 15 (illicit trade) of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) as well as the EU approach with regards to taxation and illicit trade.
This factsheet identifies key facts and questions arising out of the current negotiations to renew the 2004 PMI Agreement.
Policy-makers encounter a wide array of arguments for weakening the Tobacco Products Directive. But are they true?
SFP seeks compulsory graphic warnings and standardised packaging on all cigarette packs in the revision of the TPD.
SFP and the Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL) have produced a join position paper concerning the revision of the TPD.
Report on Tobacco industry's efforts to influence the European Union’s Tobacco Products Directive (2001/37/EC).
Shadow Report from the EU Tobacco Control NGOs on the European Commission’s Report, ’Dancing the Tango’.
Lifting the smokescreen: 10 reasons for going smokefree was published and launched at the European Parliament in March 2006.
Launched at the 2 June 2005 conference in Luxembourg, the Smoke free Europe makes economic sense report compares the economics of smoke free policies, as well as the economic impact of smoking bans in bars and restaurants in different countries.
The Limassol recommendations aim to identify a number of relevant steps which can contribute to developing comprehensive smoke free legislation.