RELEASE: Some seventy health and civil entities sign the Declaration 'ENDGAME OF TOBACCO IN SPAIN 2030'

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RELEASE: Some seventy health and civil entities sign the Declaration 'ENDGAME OF TOBACCO IN SPAIN 2030'

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This morning the Declaration ENDGAME OF TOBACCO IN SPAIN 2030 was presented, signed by almost 70 entities and health and civil organizations committed to the fight against tobacco and its consequences, to demand the Government to step forward with short and long-term to move towards the end of smoking and the new forms of consumption in Spain, with the aim of reaching a prevalence of tobacco consumption of 5% in the year 2030 and 2% or less in 2040

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In an act held in the Retiro Park, in Madrid, the entities and organizations that sign this Declaration, drawn up on the challenges set out in the Madrid Declaration-2018 for health and for the advancement of tobacco regulation in Spain, have urged the Government of Spain to establish the foundations of the first generation without smoke, tobacco and nicotine, and reach the end of the tobacco epidemic, known internationally as the tobacco endgame, in the year 2030, to decisively save tens of thousands of lives.

The Declaration includes some thirty measures in the short and medium term, among which the following stand out:

1. The restriction, from 2025, of the acquisition of tobacco or new forms of consumption to all those born in 2007 and onwards.

2. The consolidation of spaces without tobacco smoke or aerosols/vapours: a 100% smoke-free hotel business both indoors and outdoors (including terraces), sports venues, university campuses, security perimeters of at least 10 meters in the access to educational centers and hospitals, access to shopping centers, bus stops, transport platforms, beaches and other natural spaces, swimming pools, queues and situations where crowds of people occur, etc.

3. Declare all means of transportation, public or private, free of tobacco smoke.

4. Legal equating of nicotine delivery devices, herbal smoking products, heated tobacco products (PTCs), and other novelty tobacco products with traditional tobacco products in terms of fiscal (equalization of taxes) and legislative (identical restrictions on consumption, marketing and limitations on advertising, promotion and sponsorship).

5. The increase in tobacco taxes, regardless of the tobacco/nicotine or similar product in question, in order to have a tax burden at the level of the most developed countries in terms of tobacco prevention and control policies of the European Union, which makes it possible to substantially reduce accessibility and, consequently, consumption.

6. Plain packaging: as 9 European countries and 18 countries around the world have already implemented, to reduce the attractiveness of the product in the population, especially among children and adolescents, increase their perception of risk and, ultimately, discourage their use. consumption.

7. Restrict the sale of any tobacco and similar products to State tobacco outlets. Eliminate the possibility of selling tobacco and new forms of consumption in vending machines, hotels, service stations and convenience stores.

8. Strengthen the prohibition of sales to minors and new forms of consumption, through the obligation of establishments to verify the age of any person who is going to buy tobacco and/or related products, as well as inspection work and, where appropriate, sanction for non-compliance with this rule.

9. Allocate 2% of excise taxes on tobacco to prevention and control of smoking, including research and implementation of interventions in groups in situations of greater vulnerability.

10. The industrial and professional reconversion of the tobacco sector, both of the distribution and of the affected regional agricultural sectors through the creation of a fund for the reconversion and allocation of a specific professional retraining program for affected workers and business people, with special attention to territorial circumstances.

The convening organizations have recalled that tobacco and nicotine consumption is the main cause of preventable premature death in Spain (it causes the loss of more than 60,000 lives a year and a huge human, family and economic cost). Despite the efforts made to control smoking, such as the laws of 2005 and 2010, the prevalence of smoking in Spain continues to be high, and is especially worrying among the young and adolescent population. At 18 years of age, the prevalence of tobacco use in the last 30 days is 40.9% in girls and 32.2% in boys (Survey on drug use in secondary education in Spain ESTUDES 1994-2021) .

For all these reasons, the signatories of the Declaration ask the Government that all the proposed measures be included in a Comprehensive Plan for the Prevention and Control of Tobacco and also that Law 28/2005, of December 26, on sanitary measures against tobacco be amended. smoking and regulating the sale, supply, consumption and advertising of tobacco products, to incorporate the elements of short-term and medium-term strategy established in this proposal for the ENDGAME DECLARATION OF TOBACCO IN SPAIN 2030.

Andrés Zamorano, president of the National Committee for the Prevention of Tobacco, which encompasses almost fifty of the entities that signed the Declaration, said: "There is no vaccine for the tobacco pandemic, but there is treatment and prevention through the actions of the citizenship, thanks to the legislative measures approved by the rulers. But what is not worth doing is doing nothing, because the tobacco companies go their way, bringing to the market new products that are not innocuous and getting smokers at ever younger ages. If the The average age of the first contact with conventional tobacco is 14 years, with vapers and electronic cigarettes we see how there are boys and girls who have their first contact with nicotine at 11 years of age".

"It is disappointing to see how the Government does nothing to eradicate tobacco consumption in our country. We need to act, Spain cannot be a paradise for tobacco and smokers, because tobacco is not a good business, neither economic, nor for the health of people, whether or not they smoke, nor for the health of the planet".

Raquel Fernández Megina, president of the Nofumadores association, declared: "The time has come to consider the progressive abolition of the sale of tobacco as an objective, starting with those born after 2007, to ensure that its consumption is residual in Spanish society And that happens because the Government approves the measures that we include in this Declaration. We cannot wait any longer, every day that passes without approving measures that curb smoking and the tobacco industry, hundreds of children get hooked on nicotine and hundreds of People are dying from tobacco. We deserve a government that takes forceful measures to prevent this social drama. Both Carolina Darías and Pedro Sánchez must react or it will be shown that the interests of the tobacco industry are more important than the health of citizens for this Government".


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