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Tobacco Product Directive Watered Down The proposed Tobacco Product Directive was discussed in committees at the European Parliament as well as by the EU health ministers at the Council of the European Union. The health ministers of EU Member States met in June in Luxembourg to discuss the draft text on tobacco products regulation prepared by the Irish presidency of the Council of Ministers. The Irish minister of health James Reilly pointed out that

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RESPIRA launched a national awareness campaign on COPD RESPIRA in partnership with one of the leading Portuguese coffee roasters DELTA CAFÉS launched a national awareness campaign on COPD and other respiratory chronic diseases. In June, thousands of small sugar packs were distributed and used by thousand of Portuguese people when drinking their espressos, which means for most Portuguese at least once a day! Those small packs of sugar have a simple

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Greetings from the EFA AGM and Networking Day

EFA AGM EFA organised its Annual General Meeting 2013 on May 31 in Rome. The event was an occasion for all members to meet and discuss EFA’s projects, accomplishments and future plans. At the AGM the Portuguese Association of people with COPD and other chronic respiratory diseases RESPIRA  joined EFA and was warmly welcomed by the AGM. Apart from presentations on EFA’s activities in 2012, strategy for 2013 and 2014, accounts, budget and financial

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EFA Project Symposium: Patients with Allergy Call to Action

EFA symposium on the Call to Action on respiratory allergies On June 2013 EFA, in collaboration with EAACI and WAO, organised a symposium on its Call to Action on respiratory allergies. The event named "Patients with respiratory allergies Call to Action: Raise Awareness, Relieve the Burden" was part of the EAACI-WAO World Allergy and Asthma Congress 2013 held in June in Milan, and brought together speakers from EFA, EAACI, PGEU, ARIA and the European

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EFA in meetings

Tackling socio-economic inequalities in smoking EFA EU Policy Officer Roberta Savli participated in the workshop organised in Athens by our partner organisation European Network for Tobacco Control and Smoking Prevention (ENSP) on the SILNE project - Tackling socio-economic inequalities in smoking. As a member of SILNE Advisory Board, EFA gave recommendations regarding mid-term results of this three-year EU funded project, its content and work packages’

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EFA Projects Round-up

EFA COPD Project – Minimum Standards for COPD Care for Europe! In May, EFA office finalised the new questionnaire outlining the guidelines for minimum standardisation of care for COPD patients in Europe. The questionnaire was sent to all EFA members representing COPD patients who are kindly asked to complete the survey for final evaluation. Our partners ERS, Almirall, Boehringer Ingelheim, Chiesi and Novartis can support EFA members on national

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Member News

Finland’s position on TPD in favour of strengthening provision The Finnish Allergy and Asthma Federation succeeded in stirring the Finnish government into adopting a general position on the Tobacco Product Directive proposed by the European Commission in December 2012. Following a letter sent by the director of the association Ilkka Repo, the Finnish government prepared a position paper for the Finnish Parliament and declared that their position

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EFA Projects Round-up

EFA COPD Project – Minimum Standards for COPD Care for Europe! In May, EFA office finalised the new questionnaire outlining the guidelines for minimum standardisation of care for COPD patients in Europe. The questionnaire was sent to all EFA members representing COPD patients who are kindly asked to complete the survey for final evaluation. Our partners ERS, Almirall, Boehringer Ingelheim, Chiesi and Novartis can support EFA members on national

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The Tobacco Debate is Heating Up!

Amendments to the proposed Tobacco Product Directive tabled More than 1360 amendments to the new Tobacco Product Directive, which is currently being discussed at the European Parliament, were tabled in May 2013. EFA is going to have a look at all of them and advocate for those which will help to put people off smoking and relieve the burden for patients already suffering from respiratory diseases. Amendments were discussed on May 30 at the ENVI Committee

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EU Policy Updates

Tobacco Product Directive On May 30 the ENVI Committee discussed amendments to the proposed Tobacco Product Directive, which is currently being discussed at the European Parliament. More than 1360 amendments were tabled and EFA is going to have a look at all of them and advocate for those which will help to put people off smoking and relieve the burden for patients already suffering from respiratory diseases. The proposal was also discussed at the

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EFA in Meetings

Impact of the economic crisis on EU citizens’ access to medicines Can EU citizens afford their medicines? That was the main topic of a full-day event organised by the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) at the European Parliament on May 16. The conference hosted by MEP Alejandro Cercas “Can EU citizens afford their medicines? The economic crisis and access to medicines in Europe” attracted several stakeholders, policy-makers and patients’

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Expertise in Allergy At Risk!

EFA hands over its Allergy Alert Paper On the World Asthma Day of May 7, 2013 the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patient’s Associations (EFA) handed over an Allergy Alert Paper to the European Commission and the ENVI Committee of the European Parliament. This paper prepared together with the European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (EAACI), the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) and Allergic Rhinitis

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