ENSP and ERS congratulate Hungary on the finalisation of plain packaging requirements

Brussels, 18 August 2016

The European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP) and the European Respiratory Society (ERS) congratulate Hungary for the finalisation of plain packaging requirements. This step is an important advance in protecting the youth from taking up smoking. From 20 May 2019, all the cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco products may only be placed on the market in plain packaging. Hungary thus joins Australia, Ireland, UK and France in adopting this measure.

On 20 August 2016 a new Hungarian legislation will come into force regarding the packaging of cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco products in accordance with the adopted EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). This legislation will be effective at retailer level as of 20 May 2017. Furthermore, the legislation introduces plain packaging for cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco products to be implemented by 20 May 2019. The brand and product name must be marked with the specified colour and font and logo, colour, brand image or promotional information will be allowed on the packaging.

ENSP and ERS welcome the European Commission’s decision not to renew its anti-fraud agreement with PMI

As NGOs active in tobacco control representing health and medical professionals, academics,researchers and experts, the European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP)and the European Respiratory Society (ERS) would like to congratulate the EuropeanCommission for not renewing the agreement on smuggling and counterfeit of tobaccoproducts with Philip Morris International (PMI), which expires on 9th July 2016.

With this important decision for not renewing the agreement with PMI, the Commission hasshown its commitment to Article 5.3 of the UN WHO Framework Convention on TobaccoControl (FCTC) and Article 8.12 of the FCTC Protocol to eliminate illicit trade in tobaccoproducts.

We deeply believe this is a major step in the right direction in the fight against illicit tobaccoproducts and above all for the protection of the health of EU citizens. However, we wouldlike to urge the Commission to cease all other agreements with tobacco manufacturers assoon as it possibly can. Those agreements have been proven to be ineffective and out ofdate, as well as being in conflict with FCTC.

The Romanian Government is urged to transpose the EU Tobacco Products Directive without weakening the new Smoke Free Law

Despite being a signatory to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, transposed into national legislation back in 2005 (Law no. 332/2005) and having smoke-free legislation as of 2002, Romania has been constantly rated in all international smoke-free reviews as one of the worst in both implementation and compliance with international and national provisions. The main reason for this failure to comply and implement is the content of the smoke-free legislation adopted in 2002 (amended several times since then), which allows for different exemptions and sets up only a partial smoke-free ban in indoor spaces, which ultimately results in the de facto exemption for bars, restaurants, clubs, open-air playgrounds, public institutions. As a result, the Romanian population, and especially children and teenagers, are severely exposed to passive smoke in indoor and outdoor facilities. 

Tobacco plain packaging implementation scale (TPPIS)

This tobacco plain packaging implementation scale (TPPIS) is a semi quantitative ENSP  toolkit to follow the implementation of plain packaging in the 28 EU countries. The TPPIS will be completed every 3 months. Three ENSP correspondants by country have independently completed the scale every 3 months. 

Please rate each question from 0 (non-existant) to 5 (fully implemented/fully mobilised)

ENSP and ERS continue to urge EU Commission Vice-President Georgieva to refrain from renewing any agreement with PMI

On 9 March 2016, the European Parliament adopted a Resolution stating that the European Commission should not renew, extend or renegotiate the Agreement with Phillips Morris International (PMI) beyond its current date of expiry in July 2016.

On 10 March 2016, ENSP and ERS wrote to Vice-President Georgieva to express our delight at the news that the European Parliament had voted by a resounding majority to reject the extension of the agreement between Philip Morris International and the EU; and to call on the European Commission to follow this major step forward by not renewing the deal. Please read our initial statement. 


ENSP welcomes the European Court of Justice’s decision to reject challenges against the Tobacco Products Directive

Brussels, 4 May 2016

ENSP welcomes the decision by the European Court of Justice, which on Wednesday 4th of May 2016 rejected all three challenges brought forward by the tobacco industry against the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). 

The charges posed by Philip Morris International and British American Tobacco seeking to invalidate TPD as a whole, or various provisions of the Directive, were rejected along with the Polish state’s challenges on the ban on menthol flavours in cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco. The Court also rejected a third challenge brought by an electronic cigarette maker regarding the Directive’s provisions on e-cigarettes.

“The court finds that, in providing that each unit packet and the outside packaging must carry health warnings … the EU legislature did not go beyond the limits of what is appropriate and necessary,” the court explained.

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