Press Releases

  • Transforming European food and drink policies for cardiovascular health

  • September 28th 2017
  • cover page for webOn World Heart Day 2017, the European Heart Network published its paper on Transforming European food and drink policies for cardiovascular health.

     Here is the link to the press release.

  • European Cardiovascular Disease Statistics 5th edition published

  • February 12th 2017
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     According to a report issued this St. Valentine’s day by the European Heart Network (EHN), cardiovascular disease now costs the EU economy ‚¬210 billion a year.

    The report, the fifth edition of European Cardiovascular Disease Statistics, confirms that the fall in death rates from heart disease and stroke over recent decades is a sustainable trend. A development welcomed by the EHN which plays a leading role in the prevention and reduction of cardiovascular disease through advocacy, networking, capacity-building and patient support.

    However, the report also confirms that considerable inequalities in the burden of these diseases persist across the European region.

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  • "The European Response to Chronic Diseases - the Role of Civil Society"

  • December 12th 2016
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    In the past decade, international leaders and health advocates have consistently fought to put non-communicable chronic diseases (NCDs) on the global agenda, not only the health agenda, but on top of the priorities that must be tackled with a Whole-of-Society, “health in all policies” approach. It resulted in a UN resolution, a WHO action plan and various other initiatives at European and international level. Member States and the European Union have committed to a 25% reduction of preventable NCDs by 2025.

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  • "AVMSD: What about our Kids?" Protecting children from unhealthy food and drink marketing

  • December 01st 2016
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    On 1 December the event “AVMSD: What about our Kids?” takes place in the European Parliament, hosted by MEP Daciana Octavia Sá¢rbu and organised by a coalition of ten organisations. The event gathers experts from a wide range of backgrounds to discuss the effects of marketing on children’s behaviours, tools to reduce child exposure to commercial communications for unhealthy food and alcohol and the effectiveness of self-regulatory schemes. Speakers include WHO Europe, European Commission, academia, healthcare payers and a wider panel for debate.

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  • The Mexico Declaration for Circulatory Health

  • June 07th 2016
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    The Mexico Declaration for Circulatory Health, the first ever global declaration on heart health, was made on 5 June 2016 at the WHF World Congress of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Health 2016. The declaration is recognition that, unless health professionals, governments, businesses and the public find a common voice that paves the way for much-needed action now, the number of premature deaths as a result of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) will keep increasing.

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  • SFP Press Release - World No Tobacco Day

  • May 31st 2016
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    Please click here to read the Smoke Free Partnership press release on the 2014 Tobacco Products Directive and Plain Packaging Process in the EU, on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day.

  • CJEU upholds the EU Tobacco Products Directive

  • May 04th 2016
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    The Court of Justice of the European Union has today delivered its judgment on the 2014 EU Tobacco Products Directive.  It concludes that the extensive standardisation of packaging, the future EU-wide prohibition on menthol cigarettes and the special rules for electronic cigarettes are lawful.

    The European Heart Network (EHN) welcomes the judgment which thus rejects all arguments presented against the Tobacco Products Directive.  

    EHN Director Susanne Lá¸gstrup says: “Let this be a lesson once and for all. It is perfectly possible for the EU to introduce legislation which has a high level of health protection as an objective when seeking to facilitate the smooth functioning of the internal market. Time to stop suing!”

    For more information on the Court’s decision click here.