European medical professionals have first-hand knowledge of the human misery and
suffering caused by tobacco. Doctors have an ethical responsibility to act to protect their
patients and improve the public health.
EFMA has long recognised the importance of both international scientific and technical
cooperation and of action by governments and international bodies in tackling the
tobacco epidemic. In a series of statements and declarations, EFMA has called for
the enactment of legislation to prohibit both indirect and direct advertising of tobacco,
to heavily tax tobacco products, to exclude tobacco from national price indices, to
ensure effective health warnings on all tobacco products, and to ensure the right to
smoke-free public places. EFMA supports the inclusion of these measures in the
Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.