Health & Lifestyle Briefings

June 15, 2023

Slovakia Will Be Facing A Shortage Of Health Professionals

This paper examines the demographic projections for Slovakia up to 2030, focusing on the potential shortages of healthcare professionals. By considering factors such as new graduates, retiring doctors, and migrating doctors, we predict a significant growth in the 65+ years population that surpasses the number of available doctors and nurses.
March 15, 2023

An Evidence-based Tobacco Products Directive

Work is underway at the European Union to develop a third Tobacco Products Directive. This briefing outlines a number of simple measures that could be taken to improve regulation to encourage the use of reduced-risk nicotine products among smokers.
June 1, 2022

Setting the Parameters for a New Tobacco Products Directive

The European Commission is asking for feedback on its Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). The call for evidence closes on 17 June 2022 and is intended to ‘assess to what extent the framework has fulfilled its goals and whether it is able to support a “Tobacco-Free Generation” by 2040’. A new TPD is likely to be proposed and brought into law in the next few years.
October 21, 2021

A Response to the Scheer Preliminary Opinion

In September 2020, the EU’s Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) published a preliminary opinion (SCHEER 2020) on electronic cigarettes which assesses the risks associated with vaping products and is designed to alert the European Commission to the “potential need for legislative amendments” to the Tobacco Products Directive.