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ERS/ENSP Joint Statement on Plain Packaging

Brussels, 30 May 2016

ENSP and the European Respiratory Society (ERS) jointly support plan packaging and strongly urge all European Union Member States (EU MS) to introduce plain packaging legislation within the context of WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) ratification for the protection of European public health. ENSP and ERS has adopted a joint statement on Plain Packaging adressing the following issues:

  • There is clear scientific evidence that plain packaging has a positive impact on public health.
  • The FCTC and the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) provide a legal framework for plain packaging
  • We encourage all Member States to introduce plain packaging 
  • We encourage Member States to evaluate the results of the implementation of plain packaging in their population.

Read the full statement.

The ENSP president welcomes the Tobacco Products Directive transposition into national law, 20 May 2016

Today, the 20th of May 2016, the new Tobacco Products Directive enters into force. European Union Member States finally have clear guidance and requirements on electronic cigarettes, traceability, the use of additives in tobacco products and standardised packaging.

Electronic cigarettes are now regulated in the same way tobacco products are, improving their reliability and avoiding their unrestrained promotion while traceability provisions will allow to effectively fight smuggling.

The new Directive contains a specific ban on almost all flavouring: tobacco will taste of tobacco and not strawberry, chocolate or vanilla.

Regarding packaging, with the new Directive we will see an improvement in tobacco control through greater information on health effects and larger graphic warnings with clearer messages. Some countries such as Ireland, the UK and France have gone far beyond the minimum stipulation in the new Directive and have opted for plain packaging measures; others such as Hungary, Belgium and Slovenia have announced that they are following suit. 

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.

WHO: Stepped up government tax action needed to curb tobacco epidemic

Too few governments levy appropriate levels of tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products. They therefore miss out on a proven, low-cost measure to curb demand for tobacco, save lives and generate funds for stronger health services, according to the "WHO Report on the global tobacco epidemic 2015".

‘Moving towards the right track?’ - The Netherlands, second FCTC shadow report

Every year in the Netherlands more than 19,000 people die from the consequences of smoking and several thousand die from the consequences of passive smoking. As in many countries, smoking is by far the leading preventable cause of mortality and morbidity in the country.

Who is afraid of smoking bans? An evaluation of the effects of the Spanish clean air law on expenditure at hospitality venues

In January 2011 Spain modified clean air legislation in force since 2006, removing all existing exceptions applicable to hospitality venues. Although this legal reform was backed by all political parties with parliamentary representation, the government’s initiative was contested by the tobacco industry and its allies in the hospitality industry. One of the most voiced arguments against the reform was its potentially disruptive effect on the revenue of hospitality venues.

Only 10 European Football Nations Have Rigorous Smoke-Free Stadia Policies

European Smoke-free Stadia Report Published:

Only 10 European Football Nations Have Rigorous Smoke-Free Stadia Policies

Another benefit of the Irish Workplace smoking ban: A New study published today shows that the national Irish smoking ban reduced inequalities in smoking related mortality

Stallings-Smith S, Goodman P, Kabir Z, Clancy L, Zeka A (2014) Socioeconomic Differentials in the Immediate Mortality Effects of the National Irish Smoking Ban. PLoS ONE 9(6): e98617. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0098617

ENSP - ESCG Turkish edition

The ENSP - ESCG Turkish edition was launched at the Turkish Respiratory Society Congress held on October 2-6, 2013 in Cesme.

The Guidelines are availabel online here:

US-Russia Civil Society Partnership Program (CSPP) 5556

The US-Russia Civil Society Partnership Program (CSPP) was launched in May 2011. The program is implemented by Eurasia Foundation (USA) in partnership with the New Eurasia Foundation. The program runs until May 2013.