Tag: World Health Organization

Vinayak M Prasad (World Health Organization) – #BigTobacco should be taxed more to pay for the health costs of smoking

Vinayak M Prasad (World Health Organization) – #BigTobacco should be taxed more to pay for the health costs of smoking

| July 18, 2019

There are more than a 1.1 billion smokers in the world, and it’s estimated that 8 million people die every year as a result of their addiction to cigarettes. By any reasonable metric, smoking is perhaps the greatest and most salient public health emergency of our time. The scale of this crisis is magnified even […]

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#Pesticides: Glyphosate herbicide – don’t renew its authorization, urge MEPs

#Pesticides: Glyphosate herbicide – don’t renew its authorization, urge MEPs

So long as serious concerns remain about the carcinogenicity and endocrine disruptive properties of the herbicide glyphosate, which is used in hundreds of farm, forestry, urban and garden applications, the EU Commission should not renew its authorization. Instead, it should commission an independent review and disclose all the scientific evidence that the European Food Safety […]

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#Zika: EU supports Zika research with €10 million

#Zika: EU supports Zika research with €10 million

The European Commission is today releasing €10 million for research on the Zika virus, currently affecting large parts of Latin America. The most affected country is Brazil, where the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that the recent cluster of severe brain malformations in new-borns may be linked to the virus. While the risk of […]

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#Coal: €8.5 billion in health costs from Balkan coal plants prompt call for EU policy rethink

#Coal: €8.5 billion in health costs from Balkan coal plants prompt call for EU policy rethink

First-ever estimates of the huge health costs associated with air pollution from coal power plants in the Western Balkans are released today. The costings of health damage should prompt a rethink on the EU’s policy approach to the region, according to report’s authors, the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL). “The Unpaid Health Bill – How […]

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#ZikaVirus outbreak: Environment Committee debate with WHO on Wednesday

#ZikaVirus outbreak: Environment Committee debate with WHO on Wednesday

| February 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Zika virus outbreak, which has been linked to cases to microcephaly birth defects in babies, will be debated by Environment Committee MEPs and World health Organization (WHO) experts at 17.30 today (17 February 2016). On 1 February, the WHO declared the outbreak to be a public health emergency of international concern. The EU, for […]

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#nutrition Labour MEPs demand European Commission rethink sugar free-for-all

#nutrition Labour MEPs demand European Commission rethink sugar free-for-all

| January 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Labour MEPs will vote today for a resolution calling on the European Commission to rethink its plans for lax limits on sugar in baby foods. The Socialists and Democrats Group has tabled an amendment demanding the Commission comes forward with a new proposal which takes account of current health guidelines. The World Health Organization recommends […]

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EU commits €150m to stop Ebola reaching Europe

EU commits €150m to stop Ebola reaching Europe

| September 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Labour MEPs have welcomed the decision to commit more than €150 million in EU funding to the fight against Ebola, in an urgent debate in Strasbourg today (18 September). €11.9m will go towards stopping the immediate spread of the deadly virus in West Africa, with a further €140m to build health care facilities in the […]

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