The European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP) is an international non-profit making organisation, created in 1997 under Belgium law (identification number 16377/97).
ENSP’s mission is to develop a strategy for co-ordinated action among organisations active in tobacco control in Europe by sharing information and experience and through co-ordinated activities and joint projects. ENSP aims to create greater coherence among smoking prevention activities and to promote comprehensive tobacco control policies at both national and European levels. The two top priority objectives are (i) to have the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (hereinafter referred to as “FCTC”) implemented in Europe by 2020 and (ii) to reduce the prevalence of tobacco use in Europe to less than 5% by 2040.
ENSP is governed by a General Assembly consisting of representatives from national coalitions against tobacco in Europe, representatives from specialised European tobacco control networks and representatives from individual organisations active in tobacco control and/or health promotion. ENSP is administered by a regularly elected Executive Board which delegates the daily management and co-ordination of the network to a Secretariat in Brussels.
Our vision for future is to eliminate the health inequalities among European citizens and their suffering caused by ill health and early death due to tobacco-related diseases. We want children and young people to be able to grow up without being targeted with messages that seek to lure them into a lifetime of addiction. We want all Europeans to be able to breathe clean air unpolluted by tobacco smoke. As we communicate more freely and cross country borders more frequently, we realise that our individual countries do not stand alone; we feel the reverberations of change throughout Europe. Therefore, we undertake to use the best evidence of effectiveness in policy and practice to work together towards our common goal.
The activities that ENSP conducts in order to attain its purpose are the following:
- to focus in priority on co-ordination and consensus-building, education, prevention and cessation;
- to facilitate the creation and development of national and international alliances for smoking prevention and tobacco control in Europe, as well as support for their actions;
- to promote collaboration amongst member organisations and support their actions;
- to stimulate and participate in joint projects at national and international levels;
- to undertake the collection, distribution and exchange of information relevant for tobacco control to the members of the network, non-governmental organisations, intergovernmental organisations, national governments all over Europe and the institutions of the European Union;
- to sponsor, promote and organise education and training seminars, conferences, missions and exhibitions on matters relevant to smoking and tobacco prevention and cessation.
ENSP values transparency. As an association committed to participation and involvement in all activities, ENSP endeavours to apply the highest level of transparency to all our activities with donors, partners and other stakeholders. Our commitment to transparency includes financial disclosure, comprehensive dissemination of public information, responsiveness to requests for information, and accurate representation of our policies and practices.