Health minister to stop funding anti-smoking group Stivoro

The government is to stop subsidising the anti-smoking lobby group Stivoro from 2013 and its subsidy will be halved next year, the organisation said in a statement on Sunday.

This year Stivoro was given a €2.7m government grant to run its stop smoking campaigns.
The health ministry says it will continue to fund small-scale campaigns based, for example, on schools but no more nationwide efforts, according to the Telegraaf’s report.
Health minister Edith Schippers announced last week that help for people who want to stop smoking will no longer be included in the basic health insurance package.
She has also lifted the ban on smoking in small cafes and bars and refused to employ more inspectors to make sure the ban is followed in larger premises.
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