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European Citizens’ Initiative "Call to achieve a tobacco-free environment and the first European Tobacco-Free Generation by 2030"
 
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Nofumadores Organization, Spain
 
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European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention, Belgium
 
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Comité Nacional Para la Prevención del Tabaquismo, Spain
 
 
Publication date: 2023-04-25
 
 
Corresponding author
Raquel Fernández Megina
Nofumadores Organization, Spain
 
 
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2023;9(Supplement):A121
 
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Introduction:
Given the need for the European Union to advance in legislative measures to end the tobacco pandemic definitively and having the END GAME as a clear objective in the short/medium term, the Spanish NGO Nofumadores created, with the invaluable support of ENSP, of which it is a member , a group of organizers, citizens members of the European network, who presented to the European Commission in June 2022 the European citizens' initiative called CALL TO ACHIEVE A TOBACCO-FREE ENVIRONMENT AND THE FIRST EUROPEAN TOBACCO-FREE GENERATION BY 2030. The European Commission decided to accept and register the initiative on August 24th.

Objective:
Is already well known that tobacco pandemic is the first avoidable cause of death. In addition to this cigarettes butts on beaches causes environmental damage to the ocean and its wildlife; in forests causes fires and contaminate soil and water. To protect the new generations from falling into tobacco addiction and to act forcefully against the environmental dangers caused by cigarette butts is necessary to: 1. Promote the first tobacco-free European generation, ending the sale of tobacco and nicotine products to citizens born after year 2010. 2. Create an European Net of tobacco-free and butts-free beaches and riverbanks, making this spaces more healthy and environmentally sustainable. 3. Establish an European Net of tobacco-free and butts-free National Parks making them more healthy and reducing contamination and risk of fires. 4. Extend outdoor smoke and vapor free spaces, especially those frequented by minors (parks, swimming pools, sports events and centers, shows and restaurants terraces). 5. Eliminate tobacco advertising and presence in audiovisual productions, social media, specially addressing covert advertising through influencers and product placement. 6. Finance R&D projects for diseases caused by tobacco use to improve their prognosis and make them curable.

Material and Methods:
Ongoing collection of 1 million signatures from European Citizens from at least 7 different countries of the EU. The signatures are collected on line through the European Commission Central online collection system (European Citizens' Initiative (europa.eu)) until January 16th, 2024 (12 months since the beginning of collection starting date).

Results:
Minimum 1.000.000 signatures collected before the deadline. New European Union regulations/directive to address the six points of the initiative.

Conclusions:
The European Citizens' Initiative is a unique way for you to help shape the EU by calling on the European Commission to propose new laws. The group of organizers decided to use this tool not only to advance with new legislation at European Union level, but also to put Tobacco Control in the agenda of all Politic Parties the year before the European Parliament elections. This is a strategic action at the European Union level, being 2023 a very important year regarding the revision of main EU tobacco control legislation (Tobacco Taxation Directive, Tobacco Products Directive, the EU Council’s 2009 Recommendation on smoke-free environments and more)

You, as EU citizen can also support the initiative! Sign and share now! https://tfe.ensp.network/ NOTES: Any of the authors have any conflict of interest or have received any kind of find from the Tobacco Industry. The initiative has been presented through press release and press conferences to the media.

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