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Slovenian Minister of Health, Milojka Kolar Celarc to ENSP: "There are not many non-governmental networks that are so solid and have such clear goals."


Ljubljana, 21 October 2016

The annual ENSP Capacity Building event organised in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on 19-21 October 2016 had the honour to welcome Mrs Milojka Kolar Celarc, Slovenian Minister of Health on the Friday Session held in the Slovenian National Council. In the context of the current discussions on the Slovenian national smoke free legislation, Mrs Celarc highlighted the importance of network meetings like the ENSP event, which discuss the dangers of tobacco and the possible means to counter them.

Read Mrs Celarc's full speech here:


Dear Members of the National Council, dear Members of the National Assembly, dear guests!

I am glad that the National Council is hosting experts and supporters from across Europe right at this moment when the new legislation is being discussed in Slovenia.

Government action on smoking is good for a country’s wealth as well as its health

A major European Commission-funded project has estimated that government actions, including maintaining a national network of stop-smoking services and adequately funding mass media campaigns, could save €844m this year across 5 EU countries (Germany, Hungary, England, the Netherlands and Spain).

Savings come from reduction in costs of treating four diseases caused by smoking – lung cancer, coronary heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and stroke (€470m) - and productivity gains (€342m) resulting from 3m fewer days of smoking-related absenteeism. An additional €32m of savings come from reductions in healthcare costs because of fewer non-smokers inhaling other people’s smoke.

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.

MEPs urged to give their consent in the European Parliament vote on the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products to the WHO FCTC

Brussels, 6th June 2016

On 7th June, MEPs will vote on the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products to the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

ENSP, the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA) ask MEPs to follow the recommendations of the Committee on International Trade and give their consent to the proposed text.  

Read the full statement.

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. 

National Congress of the Romanian Society of Pneumology

On 3-5 October 2016, the Romanian Society of Pneumology organises the National Congress on Pneumology with ENSP as partner. Aiming to create a bridge between generations of pneumologists the Congress focuses on creating new generations of specialists in respiratory diseases and facilitating the transfer of experience to the new generations. 

ENSP President Francisco Rodriguez Lozano notes: "On behalf of ENSP, I would like to provide you with my full support to the Romanian Society of Pneumology for a tobacco endgame in Romania. The objective to reduce the prevalence below 5% is ambitious but already positions Romania as one of the international leaders in tobacco control."

Read the full statement to the conference

Dods Report: EQUIPT Final Project Conference Report

Source: EQUIPT Project

Subject: Counting the benefit of investing in evidence-based tobacco control in Europe

Date:  September 27 2016


Open Letter to the President and Government of the Republic of Croatia and the President and Government of the Republic of Serbia

25th August, 2016 

On 25 August 2016, ENSP and 28 other organisations active in tobacco control sent an open letter to the President and Government of the Republic of Croatia and the President and Government of the Republic of Serbia to express our very deep concern regarding the attempts by the tobacco industry to subvert tobacco control and public health policies in Serbia and Croatia, which can have an impact in the whole South-East European region in general. 

In recent months, local and regional media have reported extensively about interactions between the Serbian and Croatian governments with British American Tobacco (BAT), which create perception of a partnership between the two governments and the tobacco giant. On May 10th, the Prime Minister of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic visited BAT's plant in Vranje (southern Serbia) where he announced the state will "explore ways to assist the BAT company even more to increase their earnings. 

High-level event: Roadmap to Tobacco Free Romania 2035 - 8 September 2016, Bucharest

Tobacco use is stil the major preventable cause of disease and death In Romania, as everywhere else In the world. Influenced by the international commitment for an endgame stratuy - a political decision of a target date when smoking will be reduced to a few percent In the popdatlon - a true change of perspectives can be reallzed. A target of <5% smokers by 2035 is within reach, provided that the World Health Organization Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC) is implemented. The first step towards this target encompasses broad pdalic opinion building leadIng to a national political commltment to an endgame strategy. 

We all now have the opportunity and the responsibility to improve public health for the future generations.
Tobacco control policies represent a key element to reallzing the right to life and the rIght to the highest attainable standardof health for every citizen of Romania. It is, in fact, the recognition of the citlzens' right to live in a nation free from the harms caused by tobacco, in a country where people choose not to smoke and enjoy healthier, longer lves.