Open air smoking bans, discussed
Sensible policies protecting the health of non-smokers without marginalising smokers exist and are popular in today’s Europe.
BRUSSELS, October 22th, 2019 – Reacting to smokers’ campaign Forest EU’s latest report, the EFA, a Brussels-based lobby representing allergy, asthma and COPD patients associations and receiving 98% of its funding from pharmaceutical companies and the European Commission, argued that existing smoking ban regulations in Europe were “not extreme or worrying enough” and applauded “countries who have set the eradication of smoking as a priority”.
Guillaume Périgois, director of Forest EU, commented:
“Our report shows how sensible policies protecting the health of non-smokers without marginalising smokers exist and are popular in today’s Europe.
“For example, we invite readers to consult page 19 of our ‘Smoking in Society‘ report where the ethical and scientific dimensions of open air smoking bans are discussed, with academic research in reference.”
Guillaume Périgois (Director, Forest EU)
+32 4 78 98 07 43
Note to editors:
- An electronic version of the report and infographics summarizing the report are available at http://forestonline.eu/resources/smoking-bans-europe-report
- Forest EU is a campaign group that informs smokers about the issues that affect them in the European Union and engages with stakeholders so the views of informed adult smokers and non-smokers with an interest in tobacco policy are considered within the EU’s decision-making process.
- Forest EU is supported by Tobacco Europe whose members are Japan Tobacco International (JTI), British American Tobacco (BAT) and Imperial Brands PLC (IMB), and by the members of the European Smoking Tobacco Association (ESTA). Its annual budget in 2019 is €165,000.
- Forest EU has an independent organizational structure and advocates for the consumer, not the tobacco industry. Forest EU accepts there are serious health risks associated with smoking tobacco and does not, through its campaigning activities, seek to promote or encourage it.
- For more information, visit http://forestonline.eu/
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