April 2021


The Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan presented by the European Commission on 3 February 2021 foresees the achievement of a tobacco-free Europe. Since the publication of the Cancer Plan, statements were made by the representative of the Commission as well as the Member States which fully support the outlined objective. Even further, during the March informal videoconference of the Ministers of Health, Hungary supported the goal of the Commission. In addition, it encouraged the move towards the nicotine free Europe. Whereas the ambition to address addictions amongst European citizens is a step in the right direction, the objective of the Commission to ensure the addiction-free Europe is political and disregards scientific reality. A world without addictions is utopia and a solid body of scientific evidence already exists which firmly supports that statement.

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