December 28, 2015
Worms, 28 December, 2015. – Why is this a relevant question for a public health advocate? Because of the deadly impact of tobacco consumption on human health and the shameless behaviour of the tobacco industry, as regards tobacco control measures.
Concerning the societal harm caused by tobacco use, let’s have no doubts about it: tobacco use is the key risk factor of many Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), including Cardiovascular Diseases (which are the No.1 killers in Europe), Cancer, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Diabetes, some forms of visual impairement and many others. What else would make the Chief Scientist of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Europe to name tobacco as a ‘mass destruction weapon’?
— Roberto Bertollini (@BertolliniR) 2015. szeptember 16.
There is no safe use of tobacco products and the tobacco industry has proven many times that it is always ready to undermine tobacco control measures. Therefore, there is a fundamental and irreconcilable conflict between the tobacco industry’s interests and public health policy interest.
The mentioned three cases are:
1.) The inclusion of a ‘tobacco carve out‘ into the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), excluding tobacco industry related Investor-to-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) cases. The TPP will be a binding international treaty covering 12 States including the United States, Japan and Australia.
3.) In an ongoing legal case at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) launched by the Tobacco Industry, the non-binding opinion of the Advocate General has considered the Tobacco Products Directive (2014/40/EU) legal.
— Zoltán MassayKosubek (@EU_ZMK) 2015. december 26.
That is why it is important to note these three cases as signs for hope for even stronger tobacco control policies in 2016.
Related earlier updates:EU ZMK's Diary