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Public Health (30-06-2009)

Commission calls for a Smoke Free Europe by 2012

Today, after extensive consultation, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a Council Recommendation calling on all Member States to bring in comprehensive smoke-free laws by 2012.

The Recommendation calls on Member States to act in three main fronts:

Tobacco remains the largest single cause of premature death and disease in the European Union. According to conservative estimates, 79 000 adults, including 19 000 non-smokers, died in the EU-25 in 2002 due to exposure to tobacco smoke at home (72 000) and in their workplace (7 300).

Currently, ten EU countries have comprehensive smoke-free laws in place. UK and Ireland have the strictest smoke-free provisions with a complete ban on smoking in enclosed public places, on public transport and in workplaces. Bulgaria is due to introduce such a complete ban in 2010.

A recent Eurobarometer poll suggests that popularity is mounting for smoke-free policies with 84% of Europeans supporting smoke-free offices and other indoor workplaces; 77% in favour of smoke-free restaurants, and 61% supporting smoke-free bars and pubs.


More information:

Proposal for a Recommendation

http://ec.europa.eu/health/ph_determinants/life_style/Tobacco/Documents/tobacco_prec2009_en.pdf

Press release:

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/09/1060&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

Questions and answers:

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/09/307&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

Overview of Member States' smoke-free regulations:

http://ec.europa.eu/health/ph_determinants/life_style/Tobacco/Documents/tobacco_implementation_en.pdf

http://ec.europa.eu/health/ph_determinants/life_style/Tobacco/Documents/tobacco_map.pdf