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Britain: Survey shows public do not trust tobacco industry

65% of the public distrust the tobacco industry to present believable and independent arguments about how to reduce smoking rates, according to new Cancer Research UK figures published on 12 April 2013.

Source: CRUK press release, 12 April 2013

Netherlands: Minister states that smoking ban is to be reinstated in all cafes in July 2014

Junior Health Minister Martin van Rijn stated that the ban on smoking in bars and cafes is to be reinstated across the entire hospitality industry in July 2014, which will mean that smoking will be no longer be allowed in small cafes and bars operated by their owners. It will only be permitted in separate sealed-off smoking areas without service.

Source: DutchNews, 3 May 2013

WHO: World No Tobacco Day 2013

The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2013 is: ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. Statistics show that banning tobacco advertising and sponsorship is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce tobacco demand.

Source: WHO Tobacco Free Initiative

WHO: World No Tobacco Day 2013 resources

WHO TFI has created a page of resources for this year's World No Tobacco Day.

Source: WHO TFI, 21 May 2013

EP: MEPs look into e-cigarettes - no ban in sight

The European Parliament holds a public hearing on e-cigarettes as the Commission considers regulating them under pharmaceutical legislation. See video feature below.

Source: EuroParlTV, 7 May 2013

Spain: Tobacco industry interference - another "case study" in Spain

Altadis (owned by Imperial Tobacco), the main manufacturer of tobacco cigarettes in Spain, has launched a campaign addressed to the Spanish political class and government to oppose the European Tobacco Products Directive.

Source: Tobacco Related, 17 May 2013

EP: E-cigarettes - safer alternative to tobacco or potential health risk?

E-cigarettes are often presented as a solution for smokers who want to quit their deadly habit, but struggle to overcome their nicotine addiction. But how safe are they? Should they be regulated as medication or as tobacco products? These issues are currently being considered as part of a review of the Tobacco Products Directive. MEPs also debated this topic with experts during a workshop on 7 May 2013.

Source: EP News, 14 May 2013

Russia: Parliament to review smoking fines

The lower chamber of the Russian parliament is set to review legislation that would impose fines for smoking in public places. The bill will introduce possible fines of USD 48 for people who smoke in non-smoking areas.

Source: UPI, 14 May 2013

Wales: Smoking rate fall of just 1% since 2007 smoking ban sparks health expert concerns

Major concerns have been raised about the lack of progress in cutting smoking rates in Wales after new figures revealed nearly a quarter of adults still smoke. The Welsh Health Survey 2012, published on 16 May 2013, found 23% of people said they indulged in the habit – representing just a 1% drop since the introduction of the smoking ban in 2007.

Source: Wales Online, 17 May 2013

Ireland: EPA study finds tobacco smoke to be biggest home pollutant

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Strive research programme, led by NUI Galway, has carried out an indoor air pollution (IAP) study of homes in Ireland and Scotland where open combustion takes place. The researchers concluded that “exposure to environmental tobacco smoke represents the greatest impact on health from combustion derived air pollution in the home”.

Source: Irish Times, 21 May 2013

Ireland: Health charities welcome announcement of generic packaging

The Irish Cancer Society and the Irish Heart Foundation have welcomed the government's announcement that Ireland will become one of the first countries in the world to ban branding from cigarette packaging.

The charities claim that children will be less likely to start smoking because of the new legislation and has urged that the government to ensure that its introduction is not delayed.

Source: Irish Cancer Society press release, 27 May 2013

Cyprus: National anti-smoking plan on the way

The Health Ministry is pushing ahead with a national committee to draw up an anti-smoking plan and supervise its implementation, the health minister said yesterday ahead of Friday’s World No Tobacco Day.

Petros Petrides said the cabinet has appointed the committee to see through a country-wide policy geared at reducing the number of smokers on the island.

Source: Cyprus Mail, 28 May 2013

Ireland: Taoiseach holds formal talks with tobacco industry

Taoiseach Enda Kenny received a delegation of senior tobacco industry figures. According to a government source, the emphasis was on measures to combat the illicit tobacco trade. However, the industry figures also called on the government to reject proposals in a draft EU Tobacco Directive to ban menthol and roll-your-own products. They also want the government to reject measures in the draft directive on standardised and plain packaging.

Source: Irish Times, 23 May 2013

Study claims that warning images for cigarette packs do not make a strong enough emotional impact

A study by the University of Granada demonstrates that the warning images Brussels proposes to include on tobacco packages in order to reduce consumption do not make the desired impact on smokers because they only find some of them really unpleasant. So, if the European Commission wants to improve the efficacy of its anti-smoking campaigns, it should produce a new set of images that make a stronger emotional impact.

Source: MedicalXpress, 21 May 2013

Ireland: Health minister announces plain packaging measures

Irish health minister James Reilly announced the introduction of plain packaging for cigarettes as of 2014.

Source: New Europe, 28 May 2013