Tagged: WHO Europe

NEWS: France: Understanding Substance Use in Youth

The French Observatory for Drugs and Addiction (OFDT) issued a new report on substance use trends among French youth. Accordingly smoking cigarettes and cannabis is decreasing in popularity while vaping is increasing. Alcohol use, however, is also still popular with French youth. In youth between 15 to 19 years, over half of young boys (50.7%) and 15.5% of young girls engage in the harmful behavior of heavy episodic or binge alcohol use.
19% of deaths in 15 to 19 year old French youth can be attributable to alcohol…

NEWS: Estonia: New Government Plans to Lower Alcohol Tax

Chairman of the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE) parliamentary group Siim Pohlak submitted a bill on behalf of the ruling three-party coalition to the Estonian parliament, the Riigikogu, that would lower the excise duty on strong alcohol, beer and cider in Estonia by 25% as of July 1…

NEWS: Italy: Alcohol Major Risk Through Life-course

The Higher Health Institute (ISS) reports youth and older people are most at risk for alcohol harm. Overall 8.6 million Italians are at risk users of alcohol. According to the report, 68,000 alcohol dependent people have been taken into treatment and the most at-risk individuals are young people between the ages of 16 and 17 and older people between 65 and 75 years…

NEWS: Ukraine Prepares for NCD Risk Factor Analysis

Ukraine is planning to conduct its first nationwide survey to assess the prevalence of the risk factors for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), including tobacco and alcohol use, physical inactivity, and unhealthy dietary habits. The survey will follow WHO-recommended STEPwise approach to surveillance (STEPS), a representative study on risk factors of major NCDs…

NEWS: WHO Europe: Calls for Stronger Action to Reduce NCD Deaths

WHO European High-level Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases which took place in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, on 9–10 April 2019, focused on achieving the target 3.4 –  reducing premature deaths from NCDs – of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). WHO “best buys” – targeted policy interventions aimed at reducing the burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) – can be a game-changer for achieving target 3.4 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)…

NEWS: WHO Europe: 800 People Die Daily Due To Alcohol

Europe still faces massive challenges by the need to reduce the burden of alcohol. A new fact sheet present evidence and a clear case for urgent action. Levels of alcohol consumption, and harm attributable to alcohol, remain very high – causing about 800 deaths a day…

NEWS: Montenegro: Tobacco, Sugary Drinks Tax Save Lives

A new WHO study on Montenegro has revealed that increased taxes applied to tobacco products and sugary drinks would have a significant positive impact in terms of avoiding premature mortality and new cases of disease over the next 20 years. If introduced as recommended by WHO, the taxes would also raise revenue and result in major monetary savings for the government in the form of reduced costs of treatment and workplace absenteeism…