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COPD: Substances at work have same effect as smoking
EFA member Long Fonds has published results of a research indicating that substances at work can cause COPD when being inhaled. The study carried out by Marike Boezen of UMC Groningen claims that “the ...

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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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Evaluation of the EU Environmental Action Programme: indoor and outdoor air quality failing
On May 15, the European Commission released its evaluation of the 7th Environmental Action Programme (EAP), which entered into force in 2014 and runs until 2020. This programme is crucial for the heal ...

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EFA at the EU Green Week 2019
The implementation of environmental legislation was also the main topic of this year’s EU Green Week, which took place in several cities across Europe between 13 and 17 May. EFA participated in three  ...

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World Asthma Day: European grassroots initiatives to connect with the asthma community
On May 7th, airways diseases patients celebrated World Asthma Day all over the globe to raise awareness for the disease. In Europe, EFA communicated about current problems related to access to diagnos ...

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Event report of the European Parliament Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma published
On 20th March, the European Parliament Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma, co-run by EFA and EAACI, organised at the European Parliament a Breakfast Policy Meeting on a renewed EU policy agenda on a ...

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15 EU countries fail to submit their National Air Pollution Control Programme
More than half of EU member states did not meet a key deadline in late April to submit their national air pollution programmes, an obligation under the National Emission Ceilings (NEC) Directive. Ad ...

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New outdoor air quality factsheet by Allergy UK
EFA Member, Allergy UK, has published an outdoor air quality factsheet. The quick guide provides all necessary information on how outdoor air quality links to allergy, where air pollution comes from a ...

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World Asthma Day in Italy
EFA Member, Federasma e Allergie Onlus Italia, attended a press conference on new initiatives for Asthma in the Gemelli Hospital, affiliated with the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, in Rome. The ...

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Allergy UK: Allergy Awareness Week
On April 29th, EFA Member Allergy UK kicks off its Allergy Awareness Week, focusing on “Air Quality – the allergens around us”. The patient organisation aims to raise awareness about the impacts of po ...

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EFA calls for a European Air Quality strategy at the European Health Parliament
EFA was invited to bring the perspective of allergy and airways diseases patients to a debate on environment and human health at the 3rd Plenary of the European Health Parliament, an advocacy forum co ...

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Environmental agency calls for action to protect Europeans from air pollution and noise
Better alignment of social and environment policies and improved local action is necessary to tackle environmental justice issues. These are the results of a report issued by the European Environment  ...

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COP24 reports how much climate change and fossil fuels harm our respiratory health
The World Health Organisation (WHO) COP24 special report on health and climate change shows that climate change undermines people’s access to clean air, safe drinking-water, sufficient food and secure ...

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Asthma Society of Ireland launches social media campaigns on asthma and winter
EFA Member the Asthma Society Ireland has had a quite busy start into 2019. In January, they were running two campaigns simultaneously, Operation Asthma and Winter Wellness. Operation Asthma aims to ...

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EFA trains allergy and airways diseases patient leaders at Meet and Greet the EU
The upcoming EU elections provide great opportunities to strengthen the voice of people living with allergies and airways diseases across Europe. Hence, this years’ EFA Meet & Greet training on Ja ...

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EU discussions on the Air Quality Directives shift towards the toll pollution has on our health
EFA participated in the 2nd Stakeholder Workshop organised by the European Commission on January 15 in the context of the ongoing Fitness Check of the Ambient Air Quality Directives. The final ev ...

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HEAL’s Annual General Meeting
In October 17-18, EFA Director of Policy and Strategy Isabel Proaño participated in the Annual General Assembly of the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) to share best practices and move forward.  ...

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European Atopic Eczema Day
Last September 14th the atopic eczema patient community belonging to EFA’s Members marked the first ever European Atopic Eczema Awareness Day to inform and bring attention to this allergic disease  ...

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Our health is not sufficiently protected from air pollution, says the EU Court of auditors
Every year, more than 400,000 premature deaths in the EU are caused by air pollution, resulting in significant human and economic costs. A new report from the European Court of Auditors published in ...

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SAVE THE DATE! The European Parliament Interest Group’s event on the barriers to research in chronic NCDs in Europe
Next 9th October 2018, the European Parliament Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma, is organising an event entitled “How to overcome the barriers to research in chronic NCDs in Europe? The case of al ...

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