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European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention Newsletter
11 August 2023

International Youth Day

Join us in the webinar

"Taking Control: Youth and Tobacco Awareness"

In a world where the influence of the tobacco industry can be insidious, it is imperative for the youth to be equipped with the tools to comprehend and respond to its manipulation. On 12 August, from 15:00 CEST, we are pleased to invite you to a significant event that highlights a pressing concern: "Taking Control: Youth and Tobacco Awareness." The objective of this upcoming webinar is to empower our young generation with insights and knowledge to effectively counter the tactics of the tobacco industry.
This webinar is designed to foster a deeper understanding and awareness, paving the way for a tobacco-free future. Key Themes to be Explored:
  • Unveiling Tobacco Industry Tactics
  • Knowledge as Empowerment
  • Economic Implications
  • Role of Youth in Legislation

Stay connected with 4P-CAN Project Activities

Did you know that understanding cancer primary risk factors is crucial for prevention? At 4P-CAN, an EU-funded project, we're dedicated to researching Personalized Cancer Primary Prevention. Join us in raising awareness about key risk factors like tobacco use, unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity, and exposure to environmental pollution. Through citizen participation and social innovation, we will revolutionize cancer prevention. Explore our newly launched website to learn more and take control of your health.

208 Organizations Call on UN Committee to Recommend Stronger Tobacco Control Policies

ENSP is honored to join Action on Smoking and Health and a total of 208 signatories from 61 countries in calling on the UN Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) to maintain and strengthen its mention of the harms of tobacco in the Draft General Recommendation n°37 on Racial Discrimination in the enjoyment of the right to health.

The existing Draft recommendation is already an historic first for the tobacco control community, serving as a firm acknowledgment of the fact that the tobacco epidemic worsens public health disparities.

"Stop Cigarettes Pollution"

ACT Awareness Campaign

Every year, over 4,500 billion cigarette butts are irresponsibly discarded into the environment worldwide. Classified as "hazardous waste" by INERIS due to their composition containing more than 7,000 toxic substances like arsenic, mercury, and lead, these cigarette filters, composed of non-biodegradable plastic, pose severe ecological risks. Some tobacco companies attempt to improve their image through environmentally conscious initiatives, using eco-labels, CSR events, and communication efforts by organizations like Alcome. This strategy has led to the misleading belief among 36% of French individuals that the tobacco industry supports ecological progress.
The ACT-Alliance against tobacco and Surfrider Foundation Europe are advocating for stringent measures to hold the tobacco industry accountable for its environmental impact. In a video to discourage smoking initiation and encourage reflection on the consumption of active smokers, the two associations are collaborating to launch an awareness campaign targeting the 15-24 age group through social media platforms such as Meta, TikTok, and YouTube. 

Greening Outdoor Events: 

A Guide to Tackling Cigarette Butt Pollution Effectively

Outdoor events, like festivals, cultural gatherings, and sports tournaments, contribute significantly to the issue of cigarette butt pollution. The substantial litter produced poses a serious threat to the environment and public health, demanding prompt action in line with the 2030 sustainable development agenda. Recognizing event managers as key influencers, it's crucial to adopt effective measures against this pollution.
This guide produced by Bin your butts Leuven serves as a vital resource for event managers, whether implementing smoking bans or seeking innovative solutions. It provides the knowledge and tools to address the challenge proactively. For those enforcing smoking bans, it offers guidance on communication and implementation, ensuring compliance with local regulations. Acknowledging challenges with full smoking bans, the guide suggests alternative strategies. These include designated smoking areas with proper disposal, awareness campaigns, and inventive approaches such as gamified ashtrays. These methods help minimize cigarette butt pollution's impact at outdoor events.

Remembering Véronique Trillet-Lenoir:

A Champion of Health and Women's Rights in European Politics

French MEP Véronique Trillet-Lenoir's demise at the age of 66 is a notable loss in European politics. Recognized for her pivotal role in advocating for health and women's rights, she made significant contributions as a member of the European Parliament representing France. Her impactful work encompassed shaping EU policies related to cancer, patient rights, and healthcare accessibility. Her dedication and expertise left an indelible mark on key areas of policy formation. Her passing is mourned not only as a loss for her constituents but also for the broader European community, which benefitted from her commitment to advancing crucial social and health-related initiatives.
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