ASH news release: Immediate release: Thursday 16 July 2015

UN Conference urges governments to consider taxing tobacco to finance development  

Good news about smoke free policies!

Latest developments regarding Article 8 of the FCTC on smoke free policies in Romania and in the Czech Republic.  

Health organisations applaud the European Parliament’s stand against tobacco industry agreements

Brussels, 10 March 2016: Yesterday the European Parliament adopted a Resolution stating, in no uncertain terms, 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.  

Health organisations outraged by EU’s “possible” decision to extend agreement with tobacco transnational Philip Morris

Brussels, 25th February 2016- SFP and health organisations across the EU have expressed alarm at the possibility that the European Commission will try to extend its legal agreement on tobacco smuggling with the major tobacco multinational Philip Morris International   

Joint Press Release World No Tobacco Day 2015

Luk Joossens, Tobacco Control Expert at the Association of European Cancer Leagues and the Foundation Against Cancer Belgium, is awared special recognition by the world health organization  

Letter to MEPs on resolution(s) regarding the forthcoming expiry of the Philip Morris International (PMI) Agreement

Monday, March 07, 2016- SFP is contacting MEPs as representatives of the health community in Europe to call on their support for a strong Resolution which states clearly that the European Commission should NOT renew, extend or renegotiate the Agreement with Phillips Morris International (PMI) beyond its current date of expiry.   

SFP Press Release : EU Ombudsman finds Commission in breach of FCTC, calls for changes in its tobacco transparency practices

Read the SFP's press release in which we are welcoming EU Ombudsman’s decision that the Commission’s secrecy about its tobacco industry meetings breaches its obligations under the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)  

SFP PRESS RELEASE: European Parliament meeting sounds the alarm over tobacco industry meddling

Brussels, 2 March 2016 - Tobacco industry interference remains the single largest obstacle to effective policies against tobacco use across Europe. Regretfully this interference is largely unrecognised and unchallenged by policymakers.   

Smoking ban in England cuts child hospital admissions

A recent study published by ERJ Express finds that England’s 2007 smoke-free law, which bans smoking in all public places and most workplaces, has resulted in fewer hospital admissions for acute respiratory tract infections (RTIs) among children. The study analyzed data on approximately 1.65 million hospital admissions from the Hospital Episode Statistics database (from 2001 through 2012).  

TTIP, ISDS and the Implications for Irish Public Health Policy report by Irish Cancer Society

SFP's temporary partner, the Irish Cancer Society published ‘TTIP, ISDS and the Implications for Irish Public Health Policy’ – a major report into how an investor-State dispute mechanism could potentially affect the ability of the Oireachtas to pass laws that will reduce the cancer rate and save lives.  

United States Chamber of Commerce: Blowing Smoke for Big Tobacco

Read below the full press release about the report released by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Public Citizen, Corporate Accountability International, the Framework Convention Alliance, Action on Smoking and Health (US), Smoke-Free Partnership, InterAmerican Heart Foundation, Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance and the African Tobacco Control Alliance on how Big Tobacco has mobilized the Chamber's economic and political power to bully governments into blocking, delaying and weakening life-saving health policies worldwide.   

WHO FCTC celebrates 10 years since it entered into force

27 February 2015, Brussels. Today marks the tenth anniversary of the entry into force of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).  

#SmokeThis campaign launched by CR-UK

November 2014. Cancer Research UK, one of SFP’s partners, has launched a new campaign that is shining a spotlight on the tobacco industry.  

EU TPD: Ten reasons why it's good news for public health

14 April 2014. Read Linda McAvan's guest post on Cancer Research UK's Science blog  

Shift in EU policy language after industry lobbying

14 August 2014. Find out more about how EU policy language shifted during the TPD revision.  

SFP press release: European Commission embraces its failure to rein in tobacco industry influence

Brussels, 8 February 2016 – The Smoke Free Partnership is dismayed by the European Commission’s continued failure to implement more transparency in its dealings with the tobacco industry.  

SFP thanks European Parliament

28 February 2014, Strasbourg - Following the successful adoption of the compromise text by the European Parliament, the Smoke Free Partnership held a thank you event in the European Parliament’s seat of Strasbourg.  

World No Tobacco Day 2014: Raise taxes on tobacco

28 May 2014, Brussels - SFP congratulates Commisioner Borg, James Reilly TD and Vytenis Andriukaitis on the award of their World No Tobacco Day 2014 prize  

European Parliament leaves lasting health legacy by voting in favour Tobacco Products Directive

26 February 2014, Strasbourg. The Smoke Free Partnership today welcomes the European Parliament’s vote in support of the Tobacco Products Directive.   

TPD negotiations successfully conclude with compromise agreement

18 December 2013, Brussels - SFP welcomes the compromise agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU on the Tobacco Products Directive  

Mixed victory for tobacco control in European Parliament’s vote

8 October 2013, Strasbourg - The European public health community cautiously welcomes the European parliament’s plenary vote today to start negotiations with the Council in view of reaching agreement on a Tobacco Products Directive (TPD).  

WHO resources for World No Tobacco Day 2014

On World No Tobacco Day 2014, which was dedicated to raising tobacco taxes, the World Health Organisation Regional Office for Eruope published a number of resources and tools on tobacco taxtion.   

SFP condemns the delay of the TPD in the European Parliament

5 September 2013, Brussels - The postponement of the debate and vote on the Tobacco Products Directive until October by the heads of political groups in the European Parliament is condemned by the Smoke Free Partnership.  

Sign the ERS petition for a strong Tobacco Products Directive!

July 2013, Brussels - The European Respiratory Society Tobacco Control Committee invites everyone to sign its petition calling for the strongest possible Tobacco Products Directive    

EP ENVI Committee adopts TPD report

10 July 2013, Brussels - ENVI Committee adopts pictorial health warnings covering 75% of tobacco packets; full ban on characterising flavours; ban on slim cigarettes; strengthens the control of the supply chain to help prevent illicit tobacco trade; upholds the Member States’ right to adopt stronger national measures  

Health and transparency NGOs demand implementation of FCTC art. 5.3

17 January 2013, Brussels - European public health and transparency organisations send a letter to Commission President Barroso asking for the consistent implementation of Article 5.3 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control  

SFP welcomes the release of the Tobacco Products Directive proposal

19 December 2012, Brussels - The publication of the Tobacco Products Directive proposal is welcome, but its provisions can be improved. The Smoke Free Partnership calls on Members of the European Parliament and on EU governments to strengthen its provisions and to adopt a final act by mid-2014.  
Commissionner John Dalli

Dalli resignation - SFP statement

16 October 2012, Brussels - The SFP is concerned that the resignation of the Health Commissioner John Dalli threatens to further delay the review of the Tobacco Products Directive, a process already slowed down following intense lobbying by the tobacco industry and its allies.      

Tobacco control in Development: The WHO FCTC Initiative

31 May 2012, Brussels - European Commission - DG Development and Cooperation organises a briefing.  

World No Tobacco Day 2012: links and resources

31 May 2012 - Focus on tobacco industry interference   

Australia and France forge ahead with new packaging plans

16 April 2012 - France finalised a decision to introduce graphic health warnings on all cigarette packages and this week Australia unveiled plans to become the first country to introduce mandatory standardised packaging.  

Letter to President Barroso on the revision of the Tobacco Products Directive

14 October 2011, Brussels - A group of MEPs, NGOs, charities, researchers and business representatives wrote to the President of the European Commission calling for a speedy revision of the Tobacco Products Directive.  

Minister of "Tobacco" - Netherlands

October 2011, The Netherlands - A Dutch documentary entitled “Minister of Tobacco” has recently been released detailing alleged links between the Netherlands Minister of Health, Edith Schippers, and the tobacco industry.  


SFP is delighted to see that the Advocate General’s Opinions uphold measures that intended to protect the health of hundreds of millions of EU citizens  

Pictorial tobacco warnings become mandatory in Malta

May 2011, Malta - Pictorial warnings on the packaging of tobacco products sold in Malta have now become mandatory.  

World Lung Foundation 15, campaign

April 2011 - 15,000 people die from tobacco every day. Save millions by taking action now.  

Canada proposes Graphic Health Warnings covering 75% of the front and back of cigarette packs

February 2011, Canada - The Canadian Government has proposed tough new regulations to strengthen tobacco labelling requirements in Canada.  

Spain goes 100% smoke-free

December 2010, Madrid - Spain has just introduced a new law, tightening the weak restrictions introduced in 2006 by forbidding smoking in all enclosed public spaces.  

Call to make all enclosed spaces in Spain smoke-free

21 September 2010, Barcelona - A coalition of national and international tobacco control and public health experts, urged the Spanish Parliament to pass legislation to make all enclosed public places in Spain completely smokefree.  

Where Smoking Kills Most: WHO Map

November 2009 - According to the latest World Health Organisation data, almost one in five deaths in rich countries is caused by smoking.  

What is the current status of the draft Council Recommendation on smoke-free environments?

November 2009, Brussels - This article is to provide information on the current timeline and decision-making process regarding the draft Council Recommendation on smoke-free environments.   

Proposal for a Council Recommendation on Smoke-Free Environments

July 2009, Brussels - On 30 June 2009, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a Council Recommendation on smoke-free environments.   

Tobacco Free Europe: the diary of a campaign

7 May 2009, Brussels - The Tobacco Free Europe campaign was officially launched on May 7, 2009 at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.   

Progress in addressing tobacco industry interference

December 2008, South Africa - We are happy to announce that The COP adopted very strong guidelines on Articles 5.3 (protection of public health policy with respect to tobacco control from the commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry).  

Spotlight on the FCTC

April 2008, Brussels - This second issue of "Spotlight on the FCTC" highlights how the European Commission, European Parliament and EU Member States have met, or in some cases failed to meet, their obligations to tackle second-hand smoke, according to Article 8 of the convention.   

ECToH 07

October 2007, Basel - 4th European Conference on Tobacco or Health  

Second Conference of the Parties to the FCTC

June 2007, Bangkok - From the 30 June to 6 July the second Conference of the Parties to the FCTC met in Bangkok, Thailand.  

Join the Global Smokefree Partnership’s campaign

May 2007, Brussels - Join the Global Smokefree Partnership’s campaign - it only takes five minutes!!  

Global Voices Smokefree Status Report 2007

May 2007 - the Global Smokefree Partnership published a report which focuses on the adoption of smoke-free laws around the world.  

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The Smoke Free Partnership is...

a partnership between Cancer Research UK, the European Heart Network and Action on Smoking and Health (UK). We aim to promote tobacco control advocacy and policy research at EU and national levels in collaboration with other EU health organisations and EU tobacco control networks.