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[ 13-04-2015 ]


‘Ex-Smokers are Unstoppable’: Sign up to the new and improved iCoach and set your personal challenge today!

Today the Commission launches a new and improved version of ‘iCoach’ the innovative digital health coach that helps people quit smoking. iCoach is an essential component of the European Commission’s Ex-Smokers are Unstoppable campaign, which ran from 2011 to 2013, and which is now being continued in 2015. One in three of the more than 431 000 registered users of the 2011-2013 campaign stopped smoking after three months with iCoach.

With new and improved functions, the revamped online and mobile tool should help even more smokers stub out their last cigarette.
iCoach 2015 is available both online and as a mobile app for Apple and Android devices in the 23 languages of the 28 EU countries. It is still free and easily accessible and now offers a more contemporary look and feel and user-friendly navigations. Its latest feature is a special “challenger” function, so people can set personal, phase-specific challenges. For example:

  • Keep track of how many cigarettes you smoke a day as you may be underestimating your habit (for smokers in Phase 2)
  • Postpone the “nicest” cigarette of the day 10 times for 10 minutes and then for 20 minutes (for smokers in Phase 3)
  • Leave your cigarettes at home when you need to run a short errand (for smokers in Phase 4)

These challenges enable users to set themselves small, attainable goals which once achieved, encourages them to take on further challenges and gain control over their habit. Why not join iCoach today and set your first challenge for World No Tobacco Day on 31 May?

Background
Every year, smoking kills almost 700 000 people in Europe and causes millions more to suffer from diseases associated with smoking, including cancers, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. Around 50% of smokers die prematurely - on average 14 years earlier than non-smokers. Despite these shocking statistics, nearly a third of EU citizens smoke - 94% of them having started before the age of 25.
The Commission takes a multi-faceted approach to tackling the harmful effects of tobacco. Awareness campaigns are an important element of the Commission's tobacco policy in addition to legislation on Tobacco products and on their advertising and sponsorship, and support to Member States.
The "Ex-Smokers are Unstoppable" campaign aims to motivate people to quit smoking by focusing on the positive benefits of quitting, highlighting the inspirational achievements of ex-smokers, and offering smokers practical help with quitting.

For more information:
http://ec.europa.eu/health/tobacco/ex_smokers_are_unstoppable/index_en.htm
http://www.exsmokers.eu/uk-en/index.html


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Public Health

‘Ex-Smokers are Unstoppable’: Sign up to the new and improved iCoach and set your personal challenge today!
[ 13-04-2015 ]


Endocrine Disruptors: Commission steps up dialogue with stakeholders
[ 25-03-2015 ]


EU Health Policy Forum to discuss new format
[ 19-03-2015 ]


Final Opinion - Potential health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields
[ 06-03-2015 ]


SCENIHR Final Opinion on The safety of the use of bisphenol A in medical devices
[ 27-02-2015 ]


AMR to remain a priority in the EU beyond 2016
[ 26-02-2015 ]


Public consultation on a Preliminary Opinion on Competition among healthcare providers in the European Union: Investigating policy options
[ 24-02-2015 ]


European Reference Networks: February news
[ 12-02-2015 ]


Study looks at the impact of lifestyle habits on the efficiency of Europe’s health systems
[ 11-02-2015 ]


Final Opinion on Chromium VI in toys
[ 10-02-2015 ]


Endocrine Disruptors: Commission publishes replies to the public consultation
[ 02-02-2015 ]


Improving indoor air quality in EU schools
[ 27-01-2015 ]


Final opinion - Guidance on the Determination of Potential Health Effects of Nanomaterials Used in Medical Devices
[ 13-01-2015 ]


Public consultation on the Preliminary Opinion on Synthetic Biology II Risk assessment methodologies and safety aspects
[ 19-12-2014 ]


Ebola: Review of exit screening procedures at international airports in affected countries
[ 15-12-2014 ]


Health security: Building stronger global collaboration
[ 11-12-2014 ]


European Reference Networks: December news
[ 09-12-2014 ]


eHealth Network adopts guidelines on ePrescriptions
[ 18-11-2014 ]


Ebola: Commission organises meeting with European health professionals
[ 12-11-2014 ]


Workshop to address the Ebola virus in healthcare settings in Europe
[ 04-11-2014 ]


HTA Network adopts its Strategy for EU cooperation on Health Technology Assessments
[ 30-10-2014 ]


Public consultation on the Preliminary opinion on The safety of medical devices containing DEHP- plasticized PVC or other plasticizers on neonates and other groups possibly at risk (2014 update)
[ 22-10-2014 ]


Future EU Agenda on Patient Safety and Quality of Care – Opinion adopted by Health Expert Panel
[ 14-10-2014 ]


4th European Code Against Cancer launched today
[ 14-10-2014 ]


Final opinion on the safety of Metal-on-Metal joint replacements with a particular focus on hip implants
[ 09-10-2014 ]


Newly published Opinion on definition of SynBio lays foundation for future work
[ 30-09-2014 ]


“My healthy family”: Project to promote the consumption of fruit and vegetables launches in 4 EU regions
[ 23-09-2014 ]


First meeting of the Commission Expert Group on Cancer Control: 23-24 September 2014
[ 23-09-2014 ]


“We Love Eating”: Project to promote healthy lifestyles launches in 7 EU cities
[ 17-09-2014 ]


Safety of dental amalgam and its alternatives: Public consultation on the preliminary opinion launched
[ 09-09-2014 ]


Report on Roma Health underlines extent of poor health outcomes for Roma
[ 04-09-2014 ]


Public consultation on the draft Opinion on chromium VI in toys
[ 04-08-2014 ]


Public consultation on Preliminary Opinion: Future EU Agenda on quality of health care with a special emphasis on patient safety
[ 04-08-2014 ]


Public consultation on the Preliminary opinion - Guidance on the Determination of Potential Health Effects of Nanomaterials Used in Medical Devices
[ 18-07-2014 ]


Definition of primary care – opinion adopted by health expert panel
[ 16-07-2014 ]


Second conference on frailty in old age opens tomorrow
[ 17-06-2014 ]


Final Opinion on Nanosilver: safety, health and environmental effects and role in antimicrobial resistance
[ 16-06-2014 ]


Nutrition & Physical Activity: High Level Group and EU Platform meet today in Brussels
[ 10-06-2014 ]


Public consultation on the First Preliminary Opinion on Synthetic Biology Definition
[ 06-06-2014 ]


Commission establishes expert group on cancer control
[ 04-06-2014 ]


Commission gets the ball rolling on European Reference Networks
[ 26-05-2014 ]


EU and US progress in the fight against antimicrobial resistance
[ 13-05-2014 ]


Monitoring the safety of medicines: European Medicines Agency presents the Commission with its first report
[ 02-05-2014 ]


EU Member States make good progress on organ donation and transplantation, finds Commission report
[ 25-04-2014 ]


Scientific Opinion on Aluminium in cosmetic products published today
[ 11-04-2014 ]


Public consultation on Preliminary Opinion on Definition Primary Care by Health Expert Panel
[ 20-03-2014 ]


Scientific opinion on dental amalgam (update 2014)
[ 17-03-2014 ]


Health Expert Panel adopts first three opinions
[ 14-03-2014 ]


Public consultation on the Preliminary opinion on the safety of Metal-on-Metal joint replacements with a particular focus on hip implants
[ 13-03-2014 ]


Kick-off meeting of the Comprehensive Cancer Control Joint Action (CANCON), Luxembourg, 11-13 March 2014
[ 11-03-2014 ]


Member States agree Plan to tackle Childhood Obesity
[ 28-02-2014 ]


Call for information on the safety of Silica (nano)
[ 11-02-2014 ]


First meeting of the Expert Group on Rare Diseases: 11-12 February 2014
[ 11-02-2014 ]


Registration now open for “Health in Europe, making it fairer”, Brussels, 18 March 2014
[ 07-02-2014 ]


Patient Safety: New EU Rapid Alert platform for human Blood and Blood Components
[ 06-02-2014 ]


Public consultation on the Preliminary Opinion on Potential health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF)
[ 04-02-2014 ]


Chronic Diseases Joint Action gets started at kick-off meeting in Madrid
[ 29-01-2014 ]


Public consultation on the Preliminary Opinion on The safety of the use of bisphenol A in medical devices
[ 29-01-2014 ]


“Addressing health inequalities 2014 and beyond” – follow on Twitter and via web streaming!
[ 23-01-2014 ]


Most EU countries are falling short of seasonal flu vaccination targets, reveals EC report
[ 09-01-2014 ]


Preliminary Opinion on Nanosilver: safety, health and environmental effects and role in antimicrobial resistance
[ 13-12-2013 ]


Commission convenes high-level conference to take stock on anti-microbial resistance in Europe
[ 11-12-2013 ]


Health inequalities in the EU
[ 11-12-2013 ]


Patient safety and quality of care: Launch of public consultation
[ 06-12-2013 ]


Registration opens for conference “Addressing health inequalities 2014 and beyond: building cohesion and strengthening health for growth”, Brussels, 23 January 2014
[ 03-12-2013 ]


European Innovation Partnership on Active & Healthy Ageing 2nd Conference of Partners: “Scaling up for Healthy Growth”
[ 25-11-2013 ]


Member States take major step in eHealth cooperation to improve care for patients across EU borders
[ 20-11-2013 ]


Commission report highlights the potential of Personalised Medicine
[ 31-10-2013 ]


Public consultation on the Preliminary Opinion on The safety of Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP) Silicone Breast Implants (2013 update)
[ 29-10-2013 ]


Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health: Election of Chair and Vice-Chair
[ 25-10-2013 ]


Commission participates in Lithuanian Presidency conference "Mental Health: Challenges and Possibilities", 10-11 October 2013
[ 11-10-2013 ]


Medicines undergoing additional monitoring: Video and leaflet to explain new symbol
[ 01-10-2013 ]


Public consultation on the draft Opinion on Environmental risks and indirect health effects of mercury from dental amalgam
[ 26-09-2013 ]


"Quit Smoking With Barça" wins Silver at the Euro EFFIE Awards
[ 19-09-2013 ]



[ 09-09-2013 ]


Health inequalities: Gaps in life expectancy and infant mortality narrow across the EU
[ 09-09-2013 ]


Call for new members of the Commission
[ 06-09-2013 ]


Active & Healthy Ageing: Reference sites receive their stars!
[ 02-07-2013 ]


Proposal for fees for pharmacovigilance payable to the European Medicines Agency adopted today
[ 26-06-2013 ]


Medicines for children: more research, more availability and more information compared with 5 years ago
[ 24-06-2013 ]


Launch of the EU Health Prize for Journalists 2013
[ 14-06-2013 ]


EU Summit on Active and Healthy Ageing – Dublin, June 13-14, 2013
[ 13-06-2013 ]


Adherence to medical plans in old age, a public concern at EU level
[ 11-06-2013 ]


Tobacco products proposal: Setting the record straight on 10 common myths
[ 30-05-2013 ]


High level meeting on HIV and Human Rights, 27-28 May, Brussels
[ 28-05-2013 ]


Members of "investing in health" expert panel nominated today
[ 22-05-2013 ]


High level conference addresses frailty in old age
[ 18-04-2013 ]


First plenary meeting of three Independent Scientific Committees
[ 11-04-2013 ]


Health Policy Forum focuses on investing in health
[ 09-04-2013 ]


New black triangle symbol for medicines subject to additional monitoring, adopted today!
[ 07-03-2013 ]


Report on Smoke-free Environments published today
[ 22-02-2013 ]


Investment in Health set as a priority in the Social Investment Package
[ 20-02-2013 ]


Launch of EU Rapid Alert platform for human Tissues and Cells
[ 01-02-2013 ]


Winners of fourth EU Health Prize for Journalists Announced
[ 30-01-2013 ]



Food and Feed Safety

Endocrine Disruptors: Commission steps up dialogue with stakeholders
[ 25-03-2015 ]


TRACES newsletter - Issue n°1/2015
[ 05-03-2015 ]


TRACES newsletter - Edition n°1/2015
[ 05-03-2015 ]


AMR to remain a priority in the EU beyond 2016
[ 26-02-2015 ]


Commission updates its online content on food waste
[ 25-11-2014 ]


EU updates list of imports of plant origin subject to reinforced border checks
[ 06-11-2014 ]


EU updates list of imports of plant origin subject to reinforced border checks
[ 15-09-2014 ]


EU updates list of imports of plant origin subject to reinforced border checks
[ 16-06-2014 ]


Join EFSA’s scientific panels
[ 13-05-2014 ]


EU updates list of imports of plant origin subject to reinforced border checks
[ 05-03-2014 ]


EU updates list of imports of plant origin subject to reinforced border checks
[ 13-09-2013 ]


Stay updated on the AMR roadmap
[ 11-07-2013 ]


Conference on Animal, Plant and Control Package: “smarter rules for safer food”
[ 11-06-2013 ]


EU updates list of imports of plant origin subject to reinforced border checks
[ 11-06-2013 ]


Keeping dangerous food off the shelves : Commission publishes annual report on EU’s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed
[ 10-06-2013 ]


REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: Conference on Animal, Plant and Control Package – Smarter rules for safer food – 13 June 2013
[ 30-05-2013 ]


Commission publishes call for applications for the European Food Safety Authority
[ 27-05-2013 ]


EU updates list of imports of plant origin subject to reinforced border checks
[ 05-03-2013 ]


Impact Assessment findings on the establishment of fees for EFSA
[ 18-02-2013 ]



Animal Health and Welfare

The Commission hosts a webinar on the importance of new technologies to empower vets in the field of animal welfare
[ 26-11-2014 ]


IWTO Multi Stakeholder Meeting
[ 26-11-2014 ]


TRACES newsletter - Issue n°4/2014
[ 14-11-2014 ]


TRACES newsletter - Issue n°3/2014
[ 29-07-2014 ]


TRACES newsletter - Edition n°3/2014
[ 29-07-2014 ]


World Veterinary Day - Global Webinar on Animal Welfare - 29 April 2014
[ 15-05-2014 ]


TRACES newsletter - Edition n°2/2014
[ 30-04-2014 ]


TRACES newsletter - Issue n°2/2014
[ 30-04-2014 ]


The Commission organises training workshop for vet practitioners on animal welfare
[ 03-04-2014 ]


TRACES newsletter - Edition n°1/2014
[ 27-03-2014 ]


TRACES newsletter - Issue n°1/2014
[ 27-03-2014 ]


European Commission announces Conference for Better Bee Health
[ 11-03-2014 ]


TRACES newsletter - Issue n°3/2013
[ 01-12-2013 ]


TRACES newsletter - Edition n°3/2013
[ 01-12-2013 ]


Honeybee Health: EU study provides more insight into the diversity of European beekeeping
[ 21-11-2013 ]


Combatting rabies in the EU and beyond
[ 27-09-2013 ]


TRACES newsletter - Issue n°2/2013
[ 11-09-2013 ]


Lettre d´information TRACES - Edition n°2/2013
[ 11-09-2013 ]


The welfare of dogs and cats in the EU - "Building a Europe that cares for companion animals"
[ 04-09-2013 ]


Commission convenes workshop for veterinary practitioners on animal welfare
[ 21-08-2013 ]


Bee Health: EU takes additional measures on pesticides to better protect Europe’s bees
[ 16-07-2013 ]


REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: Conference on Animal, Plant and Control Package – Smarter rules for safer food – 13 June 2013
[ 30-05-2013 ]


Enforcement of animal welfare during transport – Bringing best practices to light
[ 13-05-2013 ]


Lettre d´information TRACES - Edition n°1/2013
[ 16-04-2013 ]


TRACES newsletter - Issue n°1/2013
[ 16-04-2013 ]


Commission to issue guidelines on the welfare of pigs
[ 25-03-2013 ]



Other Issues

Health and Consumers in EU enlargement countries
[ 20-06-2014 ]



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