Discover more about previous conferences, meetings, seminars, receptions and debates organised by the Smoke Free Partnership.

Press release: High level conference warns EU against handing the tobacco industry control of the EU’s tracking and tracing system of tobacco products

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

BRUSSELS, 27 June 2017 – There is no Plan B for fighting illicit trade of tobacco products if the European Union adopts a tobacco industry-controlled tracking and tracing system, warned international experts and advocates. The calls were made during the High Level Conference on the Illicit Trade of Tobacco Products organised by the Smoke Free Partnership at the European Parliament in Brussels today. The conference was hosted by Francoise Grossetête MEP and co-hosted by MEPs Karin Kadenbach and Bart Staes, and aimed to bring to the forefront a public health perspective on the ongoing discussions.

20 June 2017: High level conference on tobacco and research

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

On 20 June 2017 SFP organised a high level conference on tobacco and research, bringing together leading academics, researchers, and policy makers in research to address the gaps in tobacco control policy research in Europe, explain the need for synergistic relationships between research and policy, and discuss how partnerships in tobacco control research could be developed in Europe and other parts of the world

SFP Coalition Meeting 2017

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

SFP organises its third Coalition Meeting open to all its partners from all over Europe. The policy topic of this year's meeting will be Tobacco Taxation- Article 6 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

High Level Conference on Illicit Trade of Tobacco Products

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Following the very successful Leuven and Bratislava Conferences, SFP is organising a High Level Conference on illicit tobacco trade in Brussels. The Conference will discuss the latest state of affairs regarding the adoption of the standards for an EU tracking and tracing system for tobacco products and how the future of the EU system will have a global impact; its impact on the ratification of the Illicit Trade Protocol and promote international cooperation. The conference will bring together eminent guests from the World Bank, the FCTC Secretariat, the European Commission, ministries of health and customs authorities from the Member States, Members of the European Parliament, international tobacco control experts and NGOS.

High level conference on Tobacco and Research (FCTC Article 20) followed by cocktail reception

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

The overall objective of the high level conference is to establish a strong science base for tobacco-control policy and interventions in order to improve societal understanding of the effects of tobacco on health and to best direct resources towards its control. In this context, we will call on DG Research & Innovation to create a budget line within the Horizon 2020 for tobacco control and applied research based on FCTC Article 20 together with a committee on Tobacco and applied research within Horizon 2020. The conference will be attended by policy makers from DG Research & Innovation, DG DEVCO, DG SANTE as well as policy makers responsible for research at national level as well as prominent researchers in tobacco control. 

World No Tobacco Day 2017 policy debate on "Tobacco: A Threat to Development"

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

On World No Tobacco Day 31 May 2017, SFP along with several public health organisations will organise a policy debate on this year's WNTD theme, "Tobacco: a threat to Development", hosted by Linda McAvan MEP, Chair of the European Parliament Development Committee. 

Join us with high level speakers including Health Commissioner Andriukaitis and representatives of the WHO, the World Bank and international tobacco control advocates to discuss the importance of tobacco control to sustainable development.


Roundtable on Article 20 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)

Monday, October 17th, 2016

12 October 2016. SFP organised a roundtable on Research, Surveillance and Exchange of Information (FCTC Art 20) hosted by MEP Linda McAvan. The overall objective of the roundtable was to raise awareness of and support for Article 20 of the FCTC in order to ensure this important article is no longer overlooked and gets the attention it deserves amongst all policy makers in charge of research within the European Union.

SFP and The Union Capacity Building Seminar on Taxation and Illicit Trade of Tobacco Products

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

20-21 June 2016. SFP together with the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease,  held a 2-day Capacity Building Seminar that took place in Bratislava. The aim of this seminar was to strengthen the training developed by SFP in previous years in order to effectively support national, European and international policy initiatives in line with Articles 6 (taxation) and 15 (illicit trade) of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) as well as the EU approach with regards to taxation and illicit trade.

World No Tobacco Day cocktail reception: The 2014 Tobacco Products Directive and Plain Packaging Progress in the EU

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

The 2016 World No Tobacco Day focused on plain packaging falls just a few days after the entry into force of the Tobacco Products Directive, which has greatly contributed to the implementation of plain packaging in EU Member States. This reception celebrated the Directive and the possibilities it has created for Member States to introduce plain packaging of tobacco products.

High level conference: Combatting Tobacco Industry Tactics: State of Play and a Way Forward

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

2 March 2016. The High Level Conference “Combating Tobacco Industry Tactics: State of Play and a Way Forward” was held on the 2nd March 2016 at the European Parliament in Brussels. The event was organised by the Smoke Free Partnership and the Belgian Foundation Against Cancer and hosted by MEPs Gilles Pargneaux, Karl-Heinz Florenz and Benedek Jávor.

High Level Conference: Taxation and Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products: What next at EU level?

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

30 September- 1 October 2015. SFP organised this high level conference in the city of Leuven in Belgium. Bringing together tobacco tax experts, European Commission officials from DG TAXUD, DG SANTE and OLAF as well as MEPs and the tobacco control community, this conference provided an opportunity to discuss the different perspectives on tobacco taxation and illicit trade (Articles 6 and 15 of the FCTC).

World No Tobacco Day 2015 Award Ceremony and Cocktail Reception

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

1 June 2015. This reception was organised with the support of the Association of European Cancer Leagues, the Belgian Foundation against Cancer, and the Smoke Free Partnership on 1 June at the European Parliament (18.30 – 20.00h) in Brussels

SFP Breakfast Seminar: Smokefree polices in Europe: Are we there yet?

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

14 April 2015. With a keynote speech by European Commission Deputy Director General for Health and Food Safety, Martin Seychell this breakfast seminar celebrated the launch of the updated SFP Smokefree Map and provided a platform to discuss whether smokefree policies in the EU are honouring national commitments made under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and the 2009 Council Recommendation on Smokefree Environments.

Exhibition and Breakfast Debate in the European Parliament

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

24 April 2013. Smoke Free Partnership and Tobaksfakta Think Tank organised a week-long exhibition from 22 to 26 April and a breakfast debate on 24 April, Protecting Children From Tobacco: What Works?, in the European Parliament in Brussels.

High Level Event on Plain Packaging

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

29 February 2012. This event in the European Parliament, Brussels, set the debate as to why plain, standardized packaging (in combination with large, mandatory pictorial warnings) is needed in the upcoming revision of the Tobacco Products Directive.

World No Tobacco Day 2011: Focus on the FCTC

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

31 May 2011. The Smoke Free Partnership hosted a reception in the European Parliament in Brussels to mark World No Tobacco Day 2011.

Setting the EU tobacco control agenda and celebrating the ’Pledge'

Monday, May 31st, 2010

31 May 2010. The Smoke Free Partnership organised an event in the European Parliament, Brussels, to celebrate World No Tobacco Day 2010.

EU Better Regulation: from economic to citizen-centric?

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

24 February 2010 . The Smoke Free Partnership organised an event in the European Parliament on the EU Better Regulation agenda, where a report on industry interference into policy-making processes was launched.

Combating the Global Illicit Trade in Tobacco and the consequences for Europe and Africa

Monday, February 1st, 2010

1 February 2010. The Smoke Free Partnership organised an seminar in the European Parliament in Brussels on the global illicit trade in tobacco.

Workshop on Taxation and Illicit Trade of Tobacco Products

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

3-4 September 2008. The Smokefree Partnership, together with its partners and the Association of European Cancer Leagues, organised a two-day workshop in Leuven, Belgium.

The role of FCTC article 5.3 in protecting public policy from tobacco industry influence

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

15 July 2008.  SFP organised a seminar in the European Parliament (Brussels) on FCTC article 5.3 and to explore the reasons why normal rules of engagement shouldn't apply to the tobacco industry.

Launch of the "Spotlight on the FCTC"

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

30 January 2008. The first briefing paper "Spotlight on the FCTC” was launched on January 30 at a cocktail reception in the European Parliament, Brussels hosted by Linda McAvan MEP.

Lunch Debate on FCTC and the Need for a Smuggling Protocol

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

20 June 2007, Strasbourg - The Smokefree Partnership organised a lunchtime debate on the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and the need for a protocol to deal with smuggling in the European Parliament, Strasbourg.

Consensus seminar on tobacco and nicotine product regulation

Friday, May 4th, 2007

3-4 May 2007. The Smokefree Partnership, together with the EHN and CNCT, organised a consensus seminar on tobacco and nicotine product regulation in Leuven, Belgium.

Smoke Free Places Workshop

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

17 April 2007. The Smoke Free Partnership organized a workshop entitled Smoke Free Places as part of the EPHA Conference Health in the Enlarged EU in Bratislava.

Public hearing on reduced-ignition propensity cigarettes (RIP)

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

28 February 2007. A European campaign to ensure that only ’fire safer’ cigarettes are produced and marketed in the EU was launched at a hearing in the European Parliament.

Lifting the smokescreen: 10 reasons for going smokefree

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

21 March 2006. The Smoke Free Partnership published ‘Lifting the smokescreen: 10 reasons for going smokefree’, which was launched at the European Parliament by MEPs Liz Lynne and Adamos Adamou.

Smokefree Europe conference

Thursday, June 2nd, 2005

2 June 2005. The Smoke free Europe 2005 Conference was held in Luxembourg and was jointly organised by Cancer Research UK (CRUK), European Cancer Leagues (ECL), European Heart Network, la Ligue National contre le Cancer (LNCC-France), and the ERS.

European strategy meeting on Smoke free policies in Europe

Friday, May 13th, 2005

13 May 2005. The European strategy meeting on the implementation of Smoke free Policies in Europe, also known as the Cyprus meeting, was organised in Limassol, Cyprus.

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