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POLICY: ETHRA, a defense of the reduction of tobacco risks on a European scale!

POLICY: ETHRA, a defense of the reduction of tobacco risks on a European scale!

Have you heard of ETHRA (European Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates) ? Well, this new European collective which brings together consumer associations from 16 different European countries will defend the reduction of tobacco risks and fight so that European legislators and authorities finally recognize the interest of risk reduction.


A NEW EUROPEAN COLLECTIVE TO THE RESCUE OF RISK REDUCTION!


ETHRA (European Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates) is a European collective which brings together 21 consumer associations from 16 different countries. The goal of this new European collective is to defend the owes to the reduction of smoking risks, whether we speak of e-cigarettes or even Snus. 

On its official platform, ETHRA presents its association quite explicitly:

 » Us encourage discussion, information exchange and action to reduce exposure to the harms of smoking. ETHRA is a complement to existing organizations which offers European defenders a platform for the exchange of information (in particular at the level of European policies) and for the sharing of experiences and local initiatives, at the supporting tobacco harm reduction.

We define as “advocates” any person or organization who recognizes the need to involve consumers in the processes that affect them. We define “tobacco risk reduction” as effective public health strategies that provide the public with access to accurate information about reduced risk products; where pleasure for the end user is recognized as an essential element in the deployment of this strategy; and which support non-discriminatory access to adults, including through their cost, to products. " page (in French).

Within this new association there are therefore associations from several European countries. :

ETHRA is also announcing a partnership with several European scientists / tobacco specialists: Frank Baeyens (Belgium), Jacques Le Houezec (France), Bernd Mayer (Austria) and the Dr Lars M Ramstrom (Sweden).


A 6-POINT MANIFESTO FOR A DEFENSE OF RISK REDUCTION!


In order to make its work clear and readable, ETHRA has published a 6-point manifesto. This must obviously serve as a basis for reflection by political decision-makers in the European Union before voting on new provisions concerning in particular the tobacco directive (TPD). Indeed, we know that the tobacco directive of 2014 must undergo a review soon and ETHRA will be there to keep an eye on the grain.

To learn more about ETHRA (European Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates), visit the official website of the association.

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