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On the 8th and 9th of November, EFA attended the European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP) network meeting in Brussels entitled ‘Towards a tobacco-free Europe’.  Speakers and participants from a wide range of backgrounds were present, and discussed the challenges and possibilities of regulating for a smoke-free Europe. Among the main topics addressed was the possible revision of the Tobacco Product Directive (which is currently in the public consultation phase, with submissions possible until 17 December) and its potential to bring about change; the need to enforce plain packaging, pictorial warnings and display restrictions on tobacco products; the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and its significance for the ratifying countries; parents’ responsibility to protect children from secondhand smoke, and the possibility of a regulation change to protect European workers from exposure. Participants agreed that a total ban on public area smoking without restrictions must be enforced in Europe, and ENSP have since issued a declaration to be circulated to MEPs, health ministries and the public. EFA welcomes the declaration and reiterates the absolute necessity that people with respiratory disease be allowed to breathe smoke free air everywhere in Europe.

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