the ENSP was committed to promote and improve health and reduce avoidable morbidity by tackling tobacco as a health determinant. The aim of the ENSP was to ensure continuity with the existing networki...
the ENSP was committed to promote and improve health and reduce avoidable morbidity by tackling tobacco as a health determinant. The aim of the ENSP was to ensure continuity with the existing networking on a pan European scale among stakeholder organisations, to address in a coordinated and coherent way the concerns of the civil society and to be able to increase cost effectiveness and efficiency of smoking prevention activities. The objectives of the ENSP was multiple. One of the main tasks of the ENSP since 1998 had been to initiate/co-ordinate large scale, innovate, priority driven and cost-effective European smoking prevention projects. The individual objectives:
-The Globalink project served as a forum of exchange of reliable information by linking inter-governmental, non-governmental and national organisations, as well as individuals, through a secure information system. It enhanced the capability of smoking prevention associations, organisations, networks and bodies by facilitating and supporting their communication infrastructure to ensure effective cooperation and providing them with instant access to an interactive computer information service.
-The Quit project : The European Network of Quitlines had as an overriding aim to promote the improvement of health, to reduce avoidable morbidity and premature mortality by the development of Code of Practice tools and policy recommendations, in order to bring together both experienced and newer Quitlines.
-The project developed by the European Medical Associations Explains that the coordination of action and responses to policy and scientific initiatives at European level brought synergies, resulting in greater impact and visibility. They seeked to build on their experience of working with medical associations across Europe so as to better engage and coordinate medical associations in supporting and articulating evidence-based public health policies and practices on tobacco. The project aimed to develop networks, expert information and dissemination tools.
-Health Professionals and Smoking Cessation in a Larger Europe aimed at developing a horizontal European smoking cessation programme through the identification, assessment and development of best practice strategies, policies and guidelines on smoking cessation for health care providers. The project developed to create a tobacco-free environment for adolescents, best practice guidelines for teachers and other adults involved in adolescents education aimed at promoting local tobacco policies including smoking prevention and cessation policies among teachers and adults working with adolescents.
- Evidence-based policy development and enforcement for the prevention of exposure to passive smoking in European and accession countries (EB-ETSPV) project provided scientific expertise in order to quantify levels of environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) in workplaces and public places of a sample of cities. This provided both a description of the situation, that was used to raise awareness and prompt interventions in those places with the highest exposure levels, and to be used as “bottom line” to monitor trends and progress in the situation, including the assessment of the impact of smoking control policies.
Finally the aim of the European Network, smoke free Maternity and Hospitals was to continue the development of the project “Smoke Free Hospitals” and to enlarged it to applicant countries. In addition a new network " European network of smoke free Maternity” was created and an emphasis was put on developing the important role and the enormous credibility of the Health professionals in order to influence the female population in age of procreation.