In the context of the 2015 World No Tobacco Day, Clive Needle - EuroHealthNet Policy and Advocacy Director - released an article "How we can help to turn the smoke-free Europe map green" where he highlights the actions undertaken to tackle tobacco as well as the new EuroHealthNet's Tobacco Working Group (TWIG), which will comprise national experts within EuroHealthNet.
This year, the World No Tobacco Day focuses on "Stop illicit trade of tobacco products". One in every 10 cigarettes, and many other tobacco products, consumed worldwide are illegal, making the illicit trade of tobacco products a major global concern from many perspectives, including health, legal, economic, governance and corruption. The tobacco industry and criminal groups are among those who profit from the illegal tobacco trade, leaving the public to pay the health and security costs. Ratification by governments of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products is necessary to respond to the financial, legal and health impacts of the illicit trade of tobacco products. The public, academia and other sectors can take action by urging their lawmakers to make their countries Parties to the Protocol.