Combining presentations and moderated workshops, the two-and-a-half-day event will focus on the following four topics:
On Friday 21 October, the morning session takes place at the Slovenian National Council in front of an audience of high-level government representatives, in order to show international support for the Slovenian new tobacco law.
There are only few places left.
The draft program is available
On 8 September 2016 ENSP and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids organised the high-level event
to Tobacco Free Romania 2035 in Bucharest, Romania, under the auspices of President of Romania His Excellency Klaus Werner lohannis. The event marked the joint call to action for Romania’s first holistic and whole-system approach to tobacco control. Around 200 national government representatives and international stakeholders active in tobacco control attended the event and advocated for the adoption of the strategy. In his opening speech, President Klaus Werner Iohannis reiterated the rejection of any amendments to the smoke-free law proposed on the occasion of adopting the TPD provisions.
To comply with the new rules the track-and-trace company Inexto, now takes over from the company Codentify, which has been deemed non-compliant with WHO protocol recommendations on tracking and tracing, as it was owned by the tobacco industry. Critics however note that Inexto also has close links with the tobacco industry.
Three out of four board members with authority to sign for Inexto have previously worked in Philip Morris International, and one of them, Philippe Chatelain, is still currently listed as an executive of Philip Morris Product SA.
The FCTC Secretariat expresses sincere doubts about the independence of the new company.
On 27 September the EU Research and Innovation magazine,
Horizon Magazine, featured an article on the research carried out on electronic cigarettes within the EU projects
Prof. Esteve Fernandez, project coordinator of TackSHS, says to the Horizon Magazine: ‘Electronic cigarettes do not produce combustion of tobacco – in fact they don’t even contain tobacco. But because most users use charges containing nicotine they do produce tobacco-specific nitrosamines which are carcinogenic.' The TackSHS project researches the effects of second-hand emissions on people’s health, taking into account differences in lifestyles, economic conditions and levels of legislation both from e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes.
EUREST-PLUS sets out to assess the impact of public health legislation, and especially the TPD, on the population. Dr Constantine Vardavas, project coordinator of EUREST-PLUS notes that ‘[E-cigarettes] is an area in which there is insufficient evidence and that is why we want to investigate how they modify smoking, whether the e-cigarette legislation to protect consumers and rules to protect non-users such as child-proof caps, actually have an impact on a population basis.’
The EU projects
TackSHS were presented at the ERS International Congress in London on 5 September 2016. EUREST-PLUS project coordinator, Dr Constantine Vardavas, presented the main objectives of EUREST-PLUS and conveyed the added value of the research in monitoring and evaluation of the impact of the Tobacco Products Directives within the context of WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control ratification at a European level. Dr Vardavas further presented the project overview of TackSHS and its research on the effects of second-hand emissions on health.
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Last year, the French tobacco control community won a court case against the re-introduction of smoking areas within French high schools. Unfortunately, since September this year, the Union of School Principals, supported by the Federation of parents, and the Union of Police Commissioners have been on the offensive with high media interest and coverage.
In partnership with other French NGOs Droit des Non Fumeurs (DNF) has drafted an open letter to support the French Minister and her position not to provide any exemption to allow smoking in schools signed by 75 european organisations.
full letter (French).
Brazil has experienced a large decline in smoking prevalence due to several tobacco control policies that were implemented in the past 25 years. Population-wide studies have found a consistent reduction in daily cigarette consumption among all socioeconomic groups over time.
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