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2011-02-11

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Nr 6/2011
Foreword from ENSP Secretary General
Dear Reader,

As you will have noticed, the ENSP Secretariat continues to make considerable efforts to compile for you the ENSP European News Bulletin featuring European tobacco control news, announcements, events, publications and other relevant topics. From your feedback, we know that its quality and its frequency are highly appreciated and we wish to take this opportunity of thanking you for your loyalty.

We are eager to improve our services continuously. Therefore, we recently established a new subscription procedure, which shares a dual objective of guaranteeing data protection and bringing a modest financial support to a pan-European publication, for which we regrettably no longer receive co-funding from the European Commission. This new procedure will commence on 1 March 2011. Please consult our website (http://www.ensp.org/node/462) forthwith for more details.

Thank you for your continuous support and I wish you much success in your tobacco control actions.

Working together to save lives,

Francis Grogna

CZECH REPUBLIC: Czech lawmakers pass higher tobacco taxes to boost state income
Czech lawmakers approved a government proposal to raise taxes on cigarettes and tobacco products as of January 2012 to boost state budget revenue, the lower house of parliament said today on its website.

The Prague-based Finance Ministry, which drafted the law amendment required to comply with European Union legislation, estimates the higher taxes to bring about 2.4 billion koruna ($136 million) in additional state-budget revenue in 2012. The taxes should rise again in 2014 to bring them in line with EU laws, the ministry said in an e-mailed statement.

Source: Bloomberg News, 4 February 2010
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-02-04/czech-lawmakers-pass-higher-tobacco-taxes-to-boost-state-income.html

DENMARK: Housing association to build non-smoking flats
Ban reflects increasing focus on public health, experts say
No-smoking signs could soon become a fixture of some flats after a housing association announced it has plans to build 30 smoke-free units.

The flats, a part of the Frederikshavn Housing Association, would be the first of their kind in the country, but the trend toward non-smoking council housing seems to be spreading.

Two of the country’s largest housing associations, AAB and KAB, said they also expected to provide smoke-free accommodation in the near future.

Source: The Copenhagen Post, 1 February 2011
http://www.cphpost.dk/news/national/88-national/50897-housing-association-to-build-non-smoking-flats.html

HUNGARY cancer-related mortality rate poorest in Europe
Hungary shows the poorest cancer-related mortality rate within Europe, World Health Organisation (WHO) data released in Geneva on Friday, on World Cancer Day, show.

In Hungary 458 people out of 100,000 die of cancer per year, compared with a rate of 347 cancer deaths per 100,000 in Russia and Ukraine, WHO said.

The major cause of these deaths is smoking, it said.

Source: Caboodle.hu, 7 February 2011
http://www.caboodle.hu/nc/news/news_archive/single_page/article/11/hungary_canc/?cHash=e54fa187fe

IRELAND: Quitlines don’t give the poorly educated enough support
Poorly educated people, who generally have more difficulty quitting smoking, are not getting the level of counselling they need from phone quitlines, according to a new study.

Researchers looked at the experiences of smokers who rang quitlines in seven European countries, including Ireland.

The length of call for lower-educated smokers was shorter than for those with higher education levels.

”This finding is disappointing since quitlines, with their centralised experience in smoking cessation, are particularly well placed to deal with disadvantaged groups,” the researchers from the Dutch Expert Centre on Tobacco Control in the Hague, in the Netherlands, found.

”When asked to explain these findings, quitline representatives justified the lengthier calls because it was their impression that highly educated smokers requested more specific and detailed guidance compared to the lower educated.”

They canvassed the views of 3,585 callers to seven European quitlines in Ireland, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, and the United Kingdom.

The researchers said European quitlines need to improve their counsellor training and support systems so that counsellors are better equipped to communicate with smokers from lower-educated groups.

Source: Irish Independent, 7 February 2011
http://www.independent.ie/health/latest-news/quitlines-dont-give-the-poorly-educated-enough-support-2528031.html

IRELAND: Authorities seize six million illegal cigarettes in Dublin
Six million contraband cigarettes have been seized after an international surveillance operation.

The haul was discovered by Customs officers in two commercial vehicles in Coolock, in north Dublin, earlier today.

Six suspects were interviewed by officials, but no arrests have been made.

It is estimated the cigarettes had a retail value of €2.5m and a potential loss to the exchequer of €2.1m.

The Revenue Commissioners said the consignment arrived into Dublin Port from China and was concealed in a shipment listed as glasswool insulation rolls.

Irish Examiner, 8 February 2011
http://www.examiner.ie/breakingnews/ireland/eysncwgbgbkf/

ROMANIA: Romanian officials detained for tobacco smuggling
Anti-corruption prosecutors have detained dozens of customs officials and border police on suspicion of involvement in cigarette smuggling.
Prosecutors say the 77 officials detained Thursday in northern Romania are suspected of cigarette smuggling and taking bribes.
Mediafax and Agerpres news agencies quoted sources as saying that the officials had been under surveillance for six months.
Police say traffic at the Vama Siret border — the main crossing point from Romania to Ukraine — was at a standstill during the operation, with queues stretching back up to 3 miles (4.83 kilometers).
Cigarette smuggling has increased in recent years.

Romania, a European Union member, has borders with Ukraine and Moldova and cheaper cigarettes arrive in the country from these areas.

Source : Bloomberg, 4 February 2011
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-02-03/romanian-officials-detained-for-tobacco-smuggling.html

SPAIN: Banned Spanish smokers “smirting” under the heaters
Outdoor heater sales are soaring in Spain as pavement cafes become a winter phenomenon after one of Europe’s toughest smoking laws came into effect.
Madrilenyos are famous for living in the street on spring and summer evenings, strolling and packing outdoor cafes.
But a month after the new ban on indoor smoking began this winter, the terraces are full of coffee, beer and wine drinkers even when temperatures approach freezing.
”It’s the first time we’ve had the terrace open in winter.

We ordered six outdoor stoves but had to wait a month,” said waiter Angel Sanchez at a cafe on a busy Madrid avenue.
On-line store Bricmania.com said it can barely keep up with orders for the heaters.

And non-smokers are overjoyed.

”I’m loving going out at night now. I’m going to get back to the discos now. I’d stopped going because the smoke smell clung to my clothes, jacket, my hair,” said Vilma, 21.
”I’m thinking of going out every night,” said 46-year-old Claudio de Casas, who used to play guitar for popular rock group La Frontera. He had left his music career partly because smoke irritated him so much.

Source: Reuters, 4 February 2011
http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/banned-spanish-smokers-smirting-under-the-heaters

SPAIN: Sales of smoking cessation products soar in Spain
Sales of smoking cessation products have soared in Spain since a tough anti-tobacco law took effect last month.

Sales of the products jumped 599 percent in January from December, said the Federation of Pharmaceutical Distributors (Fedifar).

The most popular item being sold was the electric cigarette, sales of which rose 806 percent in the month.

Source: People’s Daily, 5 February 2011
http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90001/90777/90853/7280175.html

UK: Tobacco taxes set to boost smuggling
Higher rates of duty raise amount of contraband / Treasury gets about 77% of pack price of cigarettes

Big tobacco groups are warning Treasury and Customs officials to brace themselves for a tsunami of smuggled cigarettes hitting Britain’s pubs and streets this year as criminal gangs seek to cash in on the UK’s exceptionally high tax rates on tobacco products.

Tobacco companies have told ministers that the ”tax clouds are gathering” as George Osborne prepares to push through a second year of above-inflation excise duty rises next month, on top of the already increased rate of VAT.

The industry, dominated by Imperial Tobacco and Gallaher, claims the rate of smuggling and the volume of contraband sold on Britain’s streets rockets when excise duty goes up. The tax on a packet of 20 cigarettes rose 34p last year and the budget is scheduled to bring the increase for 2011 to 39p a pack. This compares with the previous nine years of inflation-only duty rises, adding between six and 12 pence a year to the cost of a pack.

The average price of a pack of 20 cigarettes reached £6.29 in the UK last summer, compared with £2.80 in Spain and £1.57 in Poland, according to official European figures. While Customs officials have made good progress in curbing an explosion in smuggled tobacco sales in recent years, Chris Ogden, chief executive of the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association, warns their good work could be destroyed as organised criminal gangs target their tax evasion efforts on the UK.

Source: The Guardian, 6 February 2011
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/feb/06/tobacco-vat-duty-smuggling

President Obama has quit smoking
President Barack Obama finally has kicked the habit, Michelle Obama said Tuesday.

”Yes, he has,” the first lady told reporters at the White House when asked whether her husband had finally done what millions of Americans can’t seem to do and quit smoking. ”It’s been almost a year.”

She offered no details on when he quit or, more importantly, how he quit, ”because he never smoked a lot” and she never saw him light up.

But Obama is known to have chewed nicotine gum to help.

Source: Associated Press, 8 February 2011

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gy8JaQXpIRSNkecM0YeTLztWC61A?docId=5ed5948a95b542848b8acf0decb63608

EVENT: World No Tobacco Day 2011
The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2011 to be celebrated on 31 May is ”The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control ”.

The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) is the world’s foremost tobacco control instrument. The first treaty ever negotiated under the auspices of WHO, it represents a signal achievement in the advancement of public health. In force only since 2005, it is already one of the most rapidly and widely embraced treaties in the history of the United Nations, with more than 170 Parties. An evidence-based treaty, it reaffirms the right of all people to the highest standard of health and provides new legal dimensions for cooperation in tobacco control.

World No Tobacco Day 2011 will be designed to highlight the treaty’s overall importance, to stress Parties’ obligations under the treaty and to promote the essential role of the Conference of the Parties and WHO in supporting countries’ efforts to meet those obligations.

World No Tobacco Day 2011 campaign will focus on the following key message: that countries must fully implement the treaty to protect present and future generations from the devastating health, social, environmental and economic consequences of tobacco consumption and exposure to tobacco smoke. Other key messages will include:

The treaty embodies the desire and commitment of scores of governments and millions of people to have a tobacco-free world
The Parties to the treaty should fulfil their obligation to fully implement it
Individuals should encourage and help their governments to fulfil that obligation
The treaty should be duly appreciated by institutions and individuals alike as a landmark in the history of public health and the world’s foremost tobacco control instrument
WHO and the Conference of the Parties stand ready to help countries meet their obligations under the treaty and its related guidelines.
The treaty has already proved its efficacy in the fight against tobacco. Nevertheless, as the Secretariat of the treaty explained in its recent Reports of the Parties and global progress in implementation of the Convention: key findings, ”Implementation rates continue to vary substantially between different policy measures.” More must be done for the treaty to reach its full potential, as the Parties themselves recognize.

On World No Tobacco Day 2011, and throughout the following year, WHO will urge countries to put the treaty at the heart of their efforts to control the global epidemic of tobacco use.

Information and materials will be increasingly made available in the coming months on the World No Tobacco Day page (see below) as well as the Regional Office is planning several related activities and more information will follow soon:

http://www.who.int/tobacco/wntd/2011/announcement/en/index.html

Source: Kristina Mauer-Stender, Tobacco Control Program, WHO Regional Office for Europe, 3 February 2011 – E-mail: kma@euro.who.int

STUDY: Electronic cigarettes hold promise as aid to quitting
A study led by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researchers reports that electronic cigarettes are a promising tool to help smokers quit, producing six-month abstinence rates nearly double those for traditional nicotine replacement products.

In a study published online ahead of print in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers found that 31 percent of respondents reported having quit smoking six months after first purchasing an electronic cigarette, a battery-powered device providing tobacco-less doses of nicotine in a vaporized solution. The average six-month abstinence rate for traditional nicotine replacement products, such as nicotine patches or gum, is between 12 and 18 percent.

”This study suggests that electronic cigarettes are helping thousands of ex-smokers remain off cigarettes,” said lead author Michael Siegel, professor of community health sciences.

Source: Eurekalert, 8 February 2011
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-02/bumc-ech020811.php

Source: Tracking the Rise in Popularity of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (“Electronic Cigarettes”) Using Search Query Surveillance
Am J Prev Med 2011. Online Early February 8, 2011
http://www.ajpm-online.net/webfiles/images/journals/amepre/AMEPRE3014.pdf

Also:
Electronic Cigarettes As a Smoking-Cessation Tool: Results from an Online Survey
http://www.ajpm-online.net/webfiles/images/journals/amepre/AMEPRE3013.pdf

EVENT: FP7 Health – Open Information Day & Brokerage event – 9-10 June 2011, Brussels
The European Commission (Research & Innovation DG – Directorate Health) is organizing an Open Information Day on FP7 Health research. The event aims to highlight the novelties in the planning of the 2012 Work Programme due to be published in July. It will provide guidance on proposal preparation and management.

Further information, including a draft programme and registration guidance for both the Open Information Day and the Brokerage event, will be available soon at

Source: EC DG Research, 9 February 2011
http://ec.europa.eu/research/health/events_en.html

EC DG SANCO PUBLICATION: Dancing the tango – The experience and roles of the European Union in relation to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
EC DG SANCO PUBLICATION: Dancing the tango – The experience and roles of the European Union in relation to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

This new key document is available on the European Commission web site.

Source: EC DG Sanco, 4 February 2011
http://ec.europa.eu/health/tobacco/key_documents/index_en.htm

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