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Evaluating the European Union (EU) Tobacco Products Directive: Findings from the EUREST-PLUS ITC cohort study among six EU Member States (MS)
 
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European Network on Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP), Brussels, Belgium
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University of Crete (UoC), Heraklion, Greece
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Kantar Public (TNS), Brussels, Belgium
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Smoking or Health Hungarian Foundation (SHHF), Budapest, Hungary
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Institut Català d’Oncologia (ICO) and Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL), Catalonia, Spain
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School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universitat de Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
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King’s College London (KCL), London, United Kingdom
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Cancer Prevention Unit and WHO Collaborating Centre for Tobacco Control, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Germany
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University of Athens (UoA), Athens, Greece
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University of Medicine and Pharmacy ‘Grigore T. Popa’, Iasi, Romania
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Aer Pur Romania, Bucharest, Romania
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European Respiratory Society (ERS), Lausanne, Switzerland
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CAPHRI, University of Maastricht (UniMaas), Maastricht, The Netherlands
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Health Promotion Foundation (HPF), Warsaw, Poland
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Maria Sklodowska - Curie Institute - Oncology Center, Warsaw, Poland
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European Observatory of Health Inequalities, President Stanisław Wojciechowski State University of Applied Sciences, Kalisz, Poland
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University of Waterloo (UW), Waterloo, Canada
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Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Canada
Publish date: 2018-10-03
 
Tob. Induc. Dis. 2018;16(Suppl 3):A42
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ABSTRACT:
Efforts to mitigate the devastation of tobacco-attributable morbidity and mortality in the European Union (EU) consist of its newly adopted Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) along with the first-ever health treaty, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The aim of this Horizon 2020 project entitled European Regulatory Science on Tobacco: Policy Implementation to Reduce Lung Disease (EUREST-PLUS) is to monitor and evaluate the impact of the implementation of the TPD across the EU, within the context of WHO FCTC ratification. The EUREST-PLUS ITC cohort study of adult smokers in six EU MS (Germany, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Spain), uses a pre- vs. post-TPD implementation study design, evaluating the impact of several tobacco control policy provisions, including but not limited to health warning labels, smoke free areas and electronic cigarettes. The study is designed to generate strong inferences about the effectiveness of tobacco control policies, as well as to elucidate the mechanisms and factors by which policy implementation translates to population impact. Findings from EUREST-PLUS have potential global implications for implementation of innovative tobacco control policies and its impact on the prevention of lung diseases.

Acknowledgements:
EUREST-PLUS is a Horizon2020 project conducted by researchers throughout Europe from both the six participating countries as well as other institution partners within Europe and abroad. Partnering organizations include the European Network on Smoking Prevention (Belgium), Kings College London (United Kingdom), German Cancer Research Centre (Germany), University of Maastricht (The Netherlands), University of Athens (Greece), Aer Pur Romania (Romania), European Respiratory Society (Switzerland), the University of Waterloo (Canada), the Catalan Institute of Oncology (Catalonia, Spain), Smoking or Health Hungarian Foundation (Hungary), Health Promotion Foundation (Poland), University of Crete (Greece), and Kantar Public Brussels (Belgium).

Funding:
The EUREST-PLUS Project takes place with the financial support of the European Commission, Horizon 2020 HCO-6-2015 program (EUREST-PLUS: 681109; C. Vardavas) and the University of Waterloo (GT. Fong). Additional support was provided to the University of Waterloo by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (FDN-148477). GT. Fong was supported by a Senior Investigator Grant from the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. E. Fernández is partly supported by Ministry of Universities and Research, Government of Catalonia (2017SGR139) and by the Instituto Carlos III and co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER) (INT16/00211 and INT17/00103), Government of Spain.

CORRESPONDING AUTHOR:
Constantine I. Vardavas   
European Network on Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP), Brussels, Belgium
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