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MEPs and health professionals call for urgent action to tackle chronic diseases
Date:10/5/2010

Members of the European Parliament are calling on the Presidency of the EU and Member States to tackle urgently the problem of chronic non-communicable diseases that are responsible for 86% of all deaths in the WHO European Region. Their call is supported by an alliance of European health professionals, including ECCO the European CanCer Organisation and ESMO the European Society for Medical Oncology.

After a meeting later today (Tuesday) between MEPs and the Chronic Disease Alliance of ten not-for-profit European organisations that represent over 100,000 health professionals, the MEPs will issue a statement urging action to develop and improve policies on the four main risk factors for chronic diseases: tobacco, poor diet, alcohol and lack of physical activity.

The Chronic Disease Alliance [1] will present their report, "A unified prevention approach the case for urgent political action to reduce the social and economic burden of chronic disease through prevention", to the joint meeting of the MEPs Against Cancer, the MEP Heart Group, the MEP Group for Kidney Health, and the EU Diabetes Working Group.

The report recommends the following:

  • Action on tobacco at EU level should include: harmonisation of taxation across the EU; standardised packaging with all branding removed; a ban on internet sales; that all regulatory, scientific and advisory capacity should be independent; complete disclosure of tobacco components.

  • Action on tobacco at national level should include: fully implementing the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC); banning tobacco advertising; comprehensive ban on smoking in all public and workplaces; increasing tobacco tax above inflation; banning cigarette machines.

  • Action on nutrition at EU level should include: European Commission to set a firm agenda on levels of fat, sugar and salt in food; EU ban on transfats; mandatory food labelling with traffic light coding; integra
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Contact: Emma Mason
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ECCO-the European CanCer Organisation
Source:Eurekalert

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