The Smoke free Europe 2005 Conference was held in Luxembourg on June 2. It was jointly organised by Cancer Research UK (CRUK), European Cancer Leagues (ECL), European Heart Network, la Ligue National contre le Cancer (LNCC-France), and the ERS. The conference brought together, for the first time, the European level public and private sector employers’ associations, trade unions and hospitality sector with the politicians who have taken their countries smokefree or who would like to, and leading researchers who have investigated the economic and behavioural effects of smokefree policies in Ireland and elsewhere.

The conference was endorsed by the Luxembourg EU Presidency and politicians from 10 different EU countries shared their countries experiences.

At the conference, the Smoke free Partnership launched a report on the cost effectiveness of comprehensive smoke free policies. The report, presented by Mr Luk Joossens, compares the economic impact clean air legislation had in different countries and analyses the economic role in the tobacco prevention process.

Key conference messages

• Secondhand smoke is a killer • Everyone has the right to a smokefree workplace • Smokefree laws are good for business • Smokefree laws are good for politicians • Smokefree laws help people quit smoking • Ventilation doesn’t work (hurricane-level ventilation is needed to have any effect on clearing ETS from the air) • As health organisations, we want to work with employers, trade unions and the hospitality sector to ensure that all of Europe’s workers enjoy the health benefits of smokefree


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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.