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We have around 100 staff, mostly based in
Luxembourg, who work on public health issues.
Some of these officials manage or develop laws.
The EU has a small but important body of public
health legislation covering matters such as the
safety and quality of blood, blood derivates,
human tissues and human cells used in medical
It also includes laws restricting tobacco
advertising and regulating other aspects of how
cigarettes are manufactured and sold (for
example, EU law requires high visibility black
and white health warnings on the front and back
The main thrust of EU public health
policy, though, is to help EU countries pool
their expertise on health, to identify and
share best practice and to help coordinate the
EU wide response to health threats such as
infectious disease outbreaks. Fostering
cooperation between EU countries' healthcare
systems is also becoming an increasingly
important area of activity.