Within the framework of the Joint Action on Tobacco Control 2 (JATC-2), European countries join forces to support the implementation of the tobacco legislation throughout the 28 Member States and contribute to the reduction of tobacco-related morbidity and mortality. The Joint Action was launched in 2021 and will run until 2024. The Danish Safety and Technology Authority (DSTA) coordinates the JATC. Sciensano is one of the 36 project partners/institutions.
The general objective of the Joint Action is to strengthen the cooperation between the Member States within the area of tobacco control, specifically concerning enforcement and implementation of the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). The Joint Action aims to develop a common ground for strategies on smoke-free environments and tobacco endgame strategies. The partners of JATC-2 are also committed to the new Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, where EU Member States stand together in the fight against tobacco, and in promoting activities consistent with the objectives of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).
The previous phase of JATC contributed to the implementation of the Tobacco Product Directive in specific areas such as testing methods for tobacco and related products and regulation of ingredients. JATC-2 builds on the results of the previous JATC and adds new pillars within the tobacco control, including novel tobacco products.
Sciensano participates in a work package to better understand the properties, health impact and regulatory implications of novel tobacco products and e-cigarettes, to support effective information and regulation. We collect and analyse data from several sources to evaluate health effects of these products.
Sciensano also participates in a work package which supports international collaboration on laboratory work in the EU. In collaboration with WHO Tobacco Laboratory Network (TobLabNet), we developed a general method to measure flavourings in e-liquids.