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  • Limiting the influence of TI in the health policies

    Limiting the influence of TI in the health policies

    Total Smoking Ban in public places was introduce in Bulgaria in 2012 but it is not implemented effectively because of the lack of political will and breaches in the law. The existing text are unclear, lack key definitions and the implementation and control by the controlling bodies is very limited. Since the introduction of the…

  • Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Taxation

    Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Taxation

    The report “Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Taxation. National Study – Bulgaria” approaches tobacco economics and tobacco taxation in Bulgaria from the standpoint of tobacco control. It follows the tobacco products supply chain and confirms that it currently contributes only marginally to domestic employment and production yet provokes a heavy outflow of household income abroad.…

  • Toxic Dependence: How industry shapes tobacco control policies to its advantage

    Toxic Dependence: How industry shapes tobacco control policies to its advantage

    Based on analysis of publicly available information, interviews with participants, and other sources, the authors establish and describe a mechanism of conveying messages and interests of tobacco industry to decision makers in Bulgaria, which distorts health policies in its favor. Annually the tobacco industry kills nearly 8 million people world over through chronic non-communicable diseases…

  • On World No Tobacco Day the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) advocates for the banning of e-cigarettesand heated tobacco productsalesin low-and middle-income countries

    Ahead of World No Tobacco Day next Sunday, May 31, The Union has today publicly advocated for the prohibition of the sale of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products (HTPs) in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs), which are home to more than 80 percent of the world’s smokers. The Union’s support of the ban is based on…

  • Smoke Free Life Coalition Statement on COVID-19 and Tobacco Smoking

    In connection with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Smoke Free Life Coalition expresses deep concern for the health of people in Bulgaria who consume tobacco products. Smoking remains the leading preventable risk factor for the spread of non-communicable diseases worldwide. Cardiovascular disease, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, tuberculosis, respiratory tract infections, acute respiratory distress syndrome…

  • Call for abstracts – Raising the excise duties on tobacco and related products and limiting their illicit trade

    Call for abstracts – Raising the excise duties on tobacco and related products and limiting their illicit trade

    The Federation of the Scientific Engineering Unions, the Union of Economists in Bulgaria and the Smoke Free Life Coalition are happy to invite research and analysis authors, representatives of national and international institutions and non-governmental organizations to participate in an international scientific-practical conference “Raising the excise duties on tobacco and related products and limiting their…

  • Smoke of Indecision in Bulgaria’s Parliament

    Smoke of Indecision in Bulgaria’s Parliament

    On July 11, 2019 members of the Bulgarian parliament banned the selling of any type of tobacco products to children. The National Assembly, however, rejected the proposed Ban on smoking water pipes indoors, while more decisive proposals to improve the country’s existing smoking ban were withdrawn earlier. Changes in the Transitional and Final Provisions of…

  • Stricter control of the smoking ban is required

    The Smoke Free Life Coalition calls for more effective control of the compliance with the Total smoking ban in public places. The signal submitted by the citizen in the online platform supported by Smoke Free Bulgaria Initiative shows a series of violations of the law and problems with the inspections by the control bodies. The…

  • Why we need a comprehensive TAPS ban

    Why we need a comprehensive TAPS ban

    Smoke Free Life Coalition calls for a Comprehensive ban on tobacco products advertising, promotion and sponsorship. It is scientifically proven that marketing leads towards larger numbers of smokers among youths and the comprehensive TAPS ban is one of the most successful policies for reducing the tobacco consumption. Support the initiative “NO, to the tobacco products…

  • Limiting the influence of TI in the health policies

    Limiting the influence of TI in the health policies

    Total Smoking Ban in public places was introduce in Bulgaria in 2012 but it is not implemented effectively because of the lack of political will and breaches in the law. The existing text are unclear, lack key definitions and the implementation and control by the controlling bodies is very limited. Since the introduction of the…