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    Because breathing is taken for granted, we work for better recognition of chronic respiratory diseases

EFA among the few patients representatives at GARD
EFA participated in the global GARD (Global Alliance against Chronic Respiratory Diseases) meeting 2017 that took place in Brussels, Belgium the 9-11 November, represented by EFA Secretary of the Boar ...

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COPD already ranks as the second cause of death worldwide
Lancet’s Global Burden of Disease report 2017 has found that Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is already the second highest killer all over the world, accounting for 5.36% of total deaths, ...

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New findings confirm reducing environmental risk factors could reduce Chronic Respiratory Disease
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has launched a new report that demonstrates that addressing environmental risks is essential to reduce and prevent non-communicable diseases (NCD). Among them, chro ...

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Hungary, 5th European country adopting plain packaging of tobacco
Hungary has become the 5th country to implement plain packaging within the World Health Organisation (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Scientific evidence shows that plain packagi ...

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World COPD patients meet in Milan
EFA Director of Policy and Strategyr Roberta Savli participated at a Global conference on COPD representing EFA, its members and European COPD patients. The meeting took place in Milan on 13th -  ...

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PRESS RELEASE: World No Tobacco Day 2017
We need clean air, free from second-hand smoke, everywhere Brussels, 31 May 2017 / WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY – Tobacco remains the main cause of preventable deaths and diseases, causing 700,000 deaths ev ...

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World No Tobacco Day - Asthma, allergy and COPD patients want plain packaging of tobacco in Europe
Tobacco remains the main cause of preventable deaths and diseases, causing 700,000 deaths every year in the European Union. Yet the number of Europeans starting to smoke as young as 15 continues to in ...

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Tobacco Control Conference: Research, prevention and treatment
On the 5th-7th of April, we were invited to speak at a three-day international conference on tobacco control on research, prevention and treatment organised by our partner the European Network for Smo ...

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A respiratory tour of the world - Global Alliance against Respiratory Diseases Report
We wrote in July that the WHO has put new focus on respiratory diseases through their ‘Global Alliance against Respiratory Diseases’ where EFA is happy to be a founding member. The report from GARD’s  ...

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WHO: How can we best protect non-smokers from exposure to tobacco smoke?
There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke, and comprehensive smoke-free laws are the only effective means of eliminating the risks associated with smoking. Smoke-free legislation ...

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Research Grant Available from International Ragweed Society
The International Ragweed Society (IRS) is offering 3 grants (2 oral presentations and 1 poster) for young ragweed researchers. Applicants must be under 35 years of age. Only applicants with an acce ...

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This World COPD Day remember it’s not too late to travel the globe!
At the present time 10% of the adults in Europe are diagnosed with COPD. 3.5 million people need supplemental oxygen, and the numbers keep growing. Many patients are advised by their physician to trav ...

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The World Allergy Organisation Guidelines for the assessment and management of anaphylaxis
In October, The World Allergy Organisation (WAO) published Guidelines for the assessment and management of anaphylaxis providing a unique global perspective on this increasingly common, potentially li ...

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Towards a Tobacco Free Europe
On the 19th-21st of October, EFA representative at the European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP) Roberta Savli participated in their network meeting and capacity building workshop. To ...

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Food and allergens: Our contribution to Expo Milan
Since May, Expo Milano (the Universal Exhibition celebrated in Milan, Italy), has hosted the ideas of more than 140 participating countries on one topic: how to guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient  ...

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Social determinants at the root of health inequalities in Europe
Every three years the World Health Organisation (WHO) publishes a snapshot of the health situation in the European Region.  The document gives recommendations on how to progress towards health an ...

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EFA brings the patients' perspective to the WHO Global Alliance Against Respiratory Diseases
Did you know that some time back the World Health Organisation decided to put spotlight on respiratory diseases, including asthma and COPD and established GARD - the Global Alliance against chronic Re ...

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First-ever ministerial meeting on plain tobacco packaging
On the 20th July, the Ministers and representatives of Ministries of Australia, France, Hungary, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom, Uruguay, and the Head of  ...

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World Allergy Association statement on climate change, allergy and asthma
The prevalence of allergic airway diseases such as asthma and rhinitis has increased dramatically to epidemic proportions worldwide. Besides air pollution from industry derived emissions and motor veh ...

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Higher taxes on tobacco are reducing smoking in New Zealand
Tobacco caused 100 million deaths in the 20th century and if the current trend continues, it could cause many more deaths in the 21st century: 21% of the population worldwide aged 15 and above consume ...

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