At the beginning of the month ENSP organised a high level conference on tobacco control with over 200 participants from Europe, Canada, USA and Japan. I would like to express my gratitude to all the delegates and presenters without whom the event would not have been possible. ENSP was honoured to welcome everyone in Brussels, especially given the difficult context. We have received very positive feedback, which we will take into account for future events.
This being said, ERS (European Respiratory Society) is joining forces with ENSP to celebrate World No Tobacco Day on May 31 2016 at the European Parliament with a conference themed "Plain Packaging to protect our Youth: Progress made, Challenges ahead." We very much look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in order to share scientific research and evidence based information as well as encouraging all Member States to adopt this measure in the future.
See you all then,
President of ENSP
ENSP has tracked, collected, and analyzed new data on EU tobacco control laws in order to provide you with an updated version of its previous interactive map. This tool is hoped to help policy makers and national tobacco control specialists to advocate for further measures and more comprehensive legislations. In fact, it was found that national measures differ considerably in extent and scope from one country to the other.
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On April 9, the Belgian Health Minister Maggie De Block has launched a new tobacco control plan on Saturday April 9. The plan aims to bring the percentage of people living in Belgium that smoke under 17% by 2018. Currently 18.3% of those resident in Belgium are regular smokers.
Excise duty on tobacco products is to be increased and branding on cigarette packets will be banned from 2019, while the cost of treatment to help smokers quit will be fully refunded.