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Outdoor public places smoke-free in Sweden
The Swedish government banned smoking in outdoor public places from July 1st. The following places should now be smoke-free: entrances to public buildings, places waiting for public transport, outdoor ...

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Swedish Heart & Lung Association Congress
By the end of May, EFA member Riksförbundet HjärtLung held its annual congress. Congratulations to President Inger Ros for her re-election!
Sweden moves to ban on smoking in public spaces
The Swedish government is expected to put a formal proposal to the parliament in February, providing for a general smoking ban in public spaces such as outdoor restaurants, train platforms and playgro ...

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Swedish patients launch an online recipe bank
EFA Member the Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association has launched the recipe bank, Receptbanken, where people can search for individual ingredients that they want to exclude or include. The purpose o ...

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EUROPEAN REPORT: Itching for life - Quality of Life and costs for people with severe atopic eczema in Europe
EFA's 2018 European report Itching for Life: Quality of Life and costs for people living with severe atopic eczema in Europe uncovers the reality of atopic eczema, a chronic inflammatory skin dis ...

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Online chat launched for allergy and asthma patients in Sweden
EFA's Member, the Asthma and Allergy Association of Sweden, has a web service called AllergiSmart, targeting people who have or are close to someone with asthma, allergy or other type of hypersensitiv ...

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Sweden is closer to ban smoking outdoors, as asked by patients
It is well recognized today that tobacco smoking increases the risk of developing diseases like respiratory tract infections, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). But law has been  ...

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Swedish patients celebrate All Heart’s day
EFA president Mikaela Odemyr represented COPD patients at All Heart’s Day, in February 14th, an event  organised by EFA Swedish member the Heart and Lung association to raise awareness on cardiov ...

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Higher grades for the Swedes studying in rooms with clean air
There seems to be a connection between indoor air quality in classrooms and school results in Sweden. EFA member Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association went through the country's best schools list in  ...

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What’s the most relevant research on asthma and COPD this year? ERS respiratory update
On the 17th November EFA’s Isabel Proaño attended online the respiratory update organised by the European Respiratory Society in Stockholm, Sweden. The programme was of extreme interest for EFA’s work ...

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”No perfume in public places, please”, say the Swedes
EFA member Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association celebrated this November the Non Fragance Week. Fragrances can make people with asthma or allergy get sick easier so that is why the campaign, arrange ...

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Swedish patients ask the government to establish national goals for people with chronic diseases
¨People with chronic diseases should be high-lighted," stated the Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association towards the Swedish government. EFA member, the Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association believes ...

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Do children in healthy class rooms perform better?
Almedalen Week in July is an important date in the calendar as it is a meeting point in Sweden for all those looking to discuss important and topical social issues.  The event started in 1968 whe ...

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Allergy family support project
Activity: The Allergy family support project is a three yeart project to support families with allergic children manage their everyday lives. The project has created the Allergy Family Days  ...

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Asthma school - 8 day camp
Activity: The Asthma school is an 8 day camp to provide participants who have asthma and allergies with an opportunity for physical activity and to improve their knowledge of their illn ...

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Old mistakes must not be repeated with the new guidelines
In November, the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen), a Swedish government agency under the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, released new national guidelines for asthma and CO ...

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Perfume free: new national campaign by Nordic patients
In October EFA Member Finnish Allergy and Asthma Federation will launch it's perfume free week, a campaign shared with other nordic sister associations in Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. T ...

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Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association calls for national strategy for allergies
Approximately 2 million Swedes have some form of allergy and of these, around 800,000 recognise a burden so big that it affects their daily lives. According to EFA Member the Swedish Asthma and Allerg ...

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EFA Members news (April 2015)
This month patients associations have mobilized at national level through a wide variety of activities to raise awareness about allergy (UK), indoor air quality in schools (Sweden), asthma (Finland),  ...

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EFA Members News (February 2015)
Patient-led initiatives not only bring meaningful results for patients, but also broader support. In February, EFA Dutch Member Longfonds was awarded with a significant donation to fund their e-nose p ...

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