ENSP is an international non-profit association, created in 1997 under Belgium law, which aims to reduce tobacco consumption & to develop a common strategy amongst organisations active in tobacco control throughout Europe, by sharing information & experience, through co-ordinated activities & projects, by creating synergies among public health advocates thus increasing their capacity to direct their actions more effectively. ENSP acts as the lynchpin for its members creating a central cohesive force for the European tobacco control movement.
ENSP`s vision for the future is to eliminate the suffering of European citizens caused by ill health & early death due to tobacco-related diseases. We want children & young people to be able to grow up without being targets of tobacco industry marketing seeking to lure them into a lifetime of addiction. We want clean air unpolluted by tobacco smoke for all European citizens. ENSP`s strategic goal is to make our continent completely smoke-free by 2040 & our first objective is to work towards full implementation of the FCTC in Europe by 2020.
Given that tobacco control is at different stages in different European countries, ENSP applies the best & most effective evidence in policy & practice to work together towards a shared goal. ENSP members can take advantage of past experience in other countries & adapt such experience to their own needs. ENSP members work together to agree on a common policy & speak together in one voice, thus strengthening the European tobacco control effort & reinforcing European public health messages.
To eliminate the use of tobacco products in Europe, ENSP believes above all that all European countries need to implement comprehensive tobacco control strategies, including high taxes, comprehensive bans on direct & indirect advertising of tobacco, smoking bans in public & all workplaces, introduce strong & large (80%) textual & pictorial warnings on standardised tobacco packages.
Since its creation, ENSP has committed to support the implementation of the European Commission efforts to improve and promote health in the frame of the Europe Against Cancer Programme first, then followed by the Public Health Programmes.
Indeed, in line with the objective 2 of the Public Health programme (promoting health, including the reduction of health inequalities), ENSP aims to reduce tobacco consumption and to develop a common strategy amongst organisations active in smoking prevention and tobacco control in Europe, by sharing information and experience and through co-ordinated activities and projects.
The activities that the Association conducts in order to attain its purpose are the following:
- to focus in priority on coordination and consensus building, education, prevention and cessation;
- to facilitate the creation and the development of national and international alliances for smoking prevention and tobacco control in Europe, as well as the support of their actions;
- to promote collaboration amongst Member organizations and support their actions;
- to stimulate and participate in joint projects at national and international level;
- to undertake the collection, distribution and exchange of information relevant for tobacco control to the members of the Network, non-governmental organizations, intergovernmental organizations, national governments all over Europe and the institutions of the European Union;
- to sponsor, promote and organize education and training seminars, conferences, missions, and exhibitions, on matters relevant to smoking and tobacco prevention and cessation.
The network facilitates synergies among its members and with the EU, WHO, European and international health organisations. We serve as a platform of best practices, for policy analysis, advocacy, research and capacity-building.
All our activities target the full implementation of FCTC at local, regional, national and European levels, so that the European citizens can live in a tobacco-free Europe by the year 2040.
In 2013, we will focus on the FCTC articles 6 (price and taxes), 8 (smoke-free workplaces), 14 (cessation), 12 (communication), 5.3 (industry influence), and the corresponding guidelines and protocols, in support and complement of priority 3.2.3. of the EC Work Plan 2012 (Addressing health determinants to promote and improve health), and more specifically priority actions 184.108.40.206. (healthy working environments and mental health), 220.127.116.11 (communication campaign on cessation), 18.104.22.168 (respiratory chronic diseases).
Secondarily, the ENSP activities will support and complement the third component of priority 22.214.171.124 (communication on the Tobacco Products Initiative) and the third component of priority 126.96.36.199 (Eurobarometer survey on tobacco).
The European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP) is the only truly pan-European network active in tobacco control being the key grassroots organisation in implementing the WHO-FCTC at European level. This was acknowledged by the FCTC COP during the last session in Uruguay when ENSP received the observer status (http://apps.who.int/gb/fctc/PDF/cop4/FCTC_COP4_DIV6-en.pdf), and by WHO Europe (http://www.ensp.org/sites/default/files/WHO_recognition_ENSP_20110509.pdf). ENSP comprises member organisations involved in tobacco control from EU MS, Switzerland, Norway, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, and specialised professional networks like EFA and ENSH. The Network is in process of renewal and aims to cover the WHO-EURO region.
It is impossible to talk about FCTC in Europe without mentioning the involvement of at least one ENSP partner!
All ENSP activities foreseen in 2013 are the natural & logical continuity & developments of our WP 2012, co-funded by the EC, integrating new needs & based on the Logical Framework Analysis.
In 2013, we will focus on the FCTC articles 6 (price & taxes), 8 (smoke-free workplaces), 14 (cessation), 12 (communication), 5.3 (industry influence), & the corresponding guidelines & protocols, in support & complement of priority 3.2.3. of the EC WP 2012 (Addressing health determinants to promote & improve health), & more specifically priority actions 188.8.131.52. (healthy working environments & mental health), 184.108.40.206 (communication campaign on cessation), 220.127.116.11 (respiratory chronic diseases).
Secondarily, the ENSP activities will support & complement the third component of priority 18.104.22.168 (communication on the Tobacco Products Initiative) & the third component of priority 22.214.171.124 (Eurobarometer survey on tobacco).
ENSP will continue to serve as a platform for best practices, policy analysis, advocacy, research & capacity building:
A) Implement & monitor FCTC process incl. follow up of actions of 2012 (eg: INB5 & COP5) & active particip to FCTC meetings in 2013;
B) Contribute to revision process of Dir 2001/37/EC (focus on oral tobacco, standard packs & e-cigarettes);
C) Support legisl processes & developments towards a smoke-free Europe (see EP resolution of 23/11/09, E Council conclusions on chronic respiratory diseases in children of 1&2/12/11, the EC Roadmap to amend Directive 2004/37/EC to prevent the exposure of workers to environmental tobacco smoke);
D) Monitor tobacco use & prevention policies, & identify new angles for tobacco control actions in support the European Convention on Human Rights, the European Social Charter & the Council of Europe Convention for the Protection of Human Rights & Fundamental Freedoms;
E) Support the European Partnership against Cancer (eg: Tobacco`s role in increasing the chance of lung cancer);
F) Contribute to the EC EUHPF work with tobacco control expertise.
2) FCTC Art 14 implementation at EU level:
This part of the ENSP WP will intend to complement the EU Communication campaign on tobacco prevention (obj. 126.96.36.199):
A) Disseminate the European Smoking Cessation Guidelines (ESCG) published by ENSP in 2012;
B) Develop the accreditation process and implement the ENSP quality standards in tobacco dependence treatment (ENSP-QS) defined in 2012.
The ENSP secretariat will undertake the collection & distribution of info relevant for TC to the members of the Network, NGOs, IGOs, national governments & the EU institutions via:
A) ENSP website www.ensp.org, ENSP Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/ENSP-European-Network-for-Smoking-and-Tobacco-Prevention/195555830482640) and the ENSP Cause;
B) monthly bulletin/newsletter
C) conferences & co-organizing ECToH;
D) a technical network meeting and a symposium on additions;
E) World No Tobacco Day.
4) European projects
ENSP will go on investigating possible participation & contributions to European projects.
5) Operating the network
The ENSP Secretariat will take all necessary actions in 2013 to strengthen the new structure decided by the GA in October 2011, starting with:
A) Continuous membership development & update of the database & the corresponding access authorisations, with a specific focus on universities & research centres;
B) Intensification of the national reps & regents coordination & actions;
C) the annual general assembly to:
- Connect former & new members;
- Coordinate running policy & advocacy actions;
- Revise the ENSP Workplan 2013 according to the latest news & identifying the preliminary framework priorities for 2014 in continuity of 2013 to reach the 2020 objectives;
- Fix the general governance items.
This list of actions is not exhaustive. ENSP constantly adapts to priorities & agendas to bring the best up-to-date support to TC to contribute to reducing health inequalities. This includes collaboration with regions, 3rd countries not participating in the prgm, or to consultations from public health & consumer organisations.
The ENSP Members are actively involved in the work of the organization on a daily basis. Amongst others they provide scientific expertise in all tobacco control fields, covering all FCTC provisions. Their information is centralized at and disseminated by the ENSP Secretariat.
Members provide the description of their national current situation in relation to the implementation of the FCTC on request from the ENSP Secretariat or from other members.
Members contribute to and/or comment the ENSP Secretariat and Board proposals for common positions related to tobacco control or in reaction to news related to the tobacco industry actions or political movements (consensus building, speak one voice).
Members exchange their views and priorities during the general assemblies and network meetings organized by the ENSP Secretariat, as well as each time they meet at the occasion of other meetings and conferences thanks to the trustful relationship built via their ENSP membership. In addition, each Member has a password-based access to the ENSP website where they can exchange internal/confidential information with other members.
Thanks to information and guidelines they receive from the ENSP Secretariat, the ENSP Members can contact their national authorities to provide them with accurate and updated information and recommendations to save lives.