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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.

Article: Failure of Tobacco Control in Central Europe

Author: Manfred Neuberger, Medical University of Vienna

Austria, the ash-tray of Europe

Ireland: New study shows that lives have been saved by Irish workplace smoking ban

A recent scientific study (see below) shows that a total of 3,726 smoking related deaths have been prevented in Ireland, since the introduction of the workplace smoking ban (March 2004). This new scientific paper published this week on Plos One, involved researchers from Brunel University, London, The Environmental Health Sciences Institute, Dublin Institute of Technology, and the TobaccoFree Research Institute Ireland.