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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.  

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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.

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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. 

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.

President Erdogan plans visit to Philip Morris CEO

In a 30-day campaign, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to visit 24 countries to present the advantages of investing in Turkey. Among the prominent CEO's on Erdogan's list is Morris Enrique Jimenez of Philip Morris.

Along with 32 other organisations, ENSP has co-signed a statement
 urging President Erdogan to reconsider including tobacco industry representatives in his world tour. The inclusion of a tobacco corporation not only risks tarnishing Turkey's well-deserved reputation on health matters, but it risks the success of this specific venture and violates Article 5.3 of the FCTC to which Turkey is a partner. 

Read the full statement

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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".