The European Smoke Free Partnership, which has a collaboration agreement with EuroHealthNet, launched its new online map showing the situation in European states regarding legislation and enforcement following the 2009 EU Council recommendation on smoke free environments. Director Florence Bertolleti-Kemp called for all states to ensure and enforce effective legislation. EC DG SANTE Deputy Director Martin Seychell said the EC review of the follow up to the Recommendation showed generally satisfactory progress but continuing variations between states. EuroHealthNet policy director Clive Needle welcomed the helpful map and the collaboration with SFP. He drew from Mr Seychell an opinion that the clear inequalities between states need to be tackled first, evidence of how to enact and enforce needs to be shared better as part of capacity building, and the new EC Expert Group on tobacco is a useful focal point. EuroHealthNet will establish its new Tobacco Working Group at its Annual Meeting in Newcastle in June to support this approach, plus help implement the EU Tobacco Products Directive and the draft WHO Europe Roadmap on implementing the global Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
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To access the smoke-free map, click here