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  • Open letter to Commissioners on chronic diseases

  • July 12th 2016
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    The European Chronic Disease Alliance (ECDA), a coalition of 11 European health organisations, has signed along with several other organisations an open letter to Commissioners Frans Timmermans, Vytenis Andriukaitis and Jyrki Katainen, expressing concerns about the Commission's commitment to act with resolve on chronic diseases.  Please click here to read the letter.

  • Uruguay wins case against Philip Morris

  • July 11th 2016
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    The European Heart Network (EHN) hails the ruling in the case Philip Morris vs Uruguay - the tribunal recognises the right of the Uruguay government to put large pictorial warnings on cigarette packs.

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  • Health Council Conclusions on Reformulation

  • June 17th 2016
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    Today, 17 June 2016, the Health Council adopted Council Conclusions on Food Product Improvement, asking member states to have national plans for food product improvement in place by the end of 2017.

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  • The Mexico Declaration for Circulatory Health

  • June 07th 2016
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    The Mexico Declaration for Circulatory Health, the first ever global declaration on heart health, was made on 5 June 2016 at the WHF World Congress of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Health 2016. The declaration is recognition that, unless health professionals, governments, businesses and the public find a common voice that paves the way for much-needed action now, the number of premature deaths as a result of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) will keep increasing.

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  • SFP Press Release - World No Tobacco Day

  • May 31st 2016
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    Please click here to read the Smoke Free Partnership press release on the 2014 Tobacco Products Directive and Plain Packaging Progress in the EU, on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day.

  • CJEU upholds the EU Tobacco Products Directive

  • May 04th 2016
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    The Court of Justice of the European Union has today delivered its judgment on the 2014 EU Tobacco Products Directive.  It concludes that the extensive standardisation of packaging, the future EU-wide prohibition on menthol cigarettes and the special rules for electronic cigarettes are lawful.

    The European Heart Network (EHN) welcomes the judgment which thus rejects all arguments presented against the Tobacco Products Directive.  

    EHN Director Susanne Lá¸gstrup says: “Let this be a lesson once and for all. It is perfectly possible for the EU to introduce legislation which has a high level of health protection as an objective when seeking to facilitate the smooth functioning of the internal market. Time to stop suing!”

    For more information on the Court’s decision click here.