Every year, 3.5 million people in the EU are diagnosed with cancer, and 1.3 million die from it. Over 40% of cancer cases are preventable. Without reversing current trends, it could become the leading cause of death in the European Union.
In the Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, the Commission estimates that “through rigorous enforcement of the EU tobacco control framework and its adaptation to new developments and market trends, including stricter rules on novel products, starting in 2021, Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan will help to create a ‘Tobacco Free Generation’ where less than 5% of the population uses tobacco by 2040.
ENSP has had this same shared goal as the core of its mission for years, striving to create the Network, an ecosystem with coordinated efforts for tobacco control in Europe. Our vision for the future is to eliminate tobacco use and reduce health inequalities that tobacco causes. On this note, Article 3 of the ENSP Statues (from 2011) establishes that “ENSP is an independent, international not-for-profit organization, which aims to put an end to tobacco consumption and to develop a common strategy, amongst organizations active in smoking prevention and tobacco control in Europe, by sharing information and experience and through coordinated activities and projects. The top priority objective is to have the WHO-Framework Convention on Tobacco Control fully implemented and enforced in all countries from the World Health Organization (WHO) European Region in order to reduce the prevalence of tobacco use in Europe to less than 5% by 2040.”
Tobacco and vaping industry representatives are not accepted to attend this event. The same rule applies to any entity or individual advancing their interests linked to the tobacco and vaping industry in a commercial or non-commercial manner. There is a fundamental and irreconcilable conflict between the tobacco industry’s interests and public health policy interests. (WHO-FCTC Art.5.3 – Guiding principles).