A clear majority of Belgians – 61% of those polled – would be in favour of a legally-applied plain packaging of cigarettes, according to a poll carried out for the Anti-Cancer Foundation. In that total is included around half of all smokers.
The Red Cross has warned that continuing high temperatures are leading to an increase in emergency interventions, in some cases up to 74% more than in 2017.
The number of cases of euthanasia rose in 2017 by 13% compared to the year before, according to a report by the federal control and evaluation committee.
"Many independent surveys” have shown that plain packaging has had no “visible effect” on smokers’ numbers, the federation of cigarette manufacturers of Belgium and Luxembourg, Cimabel, said on Tuesday.
In Belgium, in 2017, Listeria bacteria was also discovered in two frozen corn samples, reported Saturday Het Nieuwsblad, de Gazet van Antwerpen and Het Belang van Limburg.
Four activists from Australia, South Africa and the UK embarked on an HIV awareness walk from Brussels Grand Place Sunday morning.
In the past three years, nine Europeans have died after having eaten frozen vegetables from the Belgian fruit and vegetable supplier, Greenyard.

Cost of ageing to culminate in 2040

Tuesday, 10 July 2018 15:11
Social expenditure will go from 25.1% GDP in 2017 to 27% in 2070, which is a rise of 1.9 GDP percentage points, projects the Study Committee on Ageing (SCA) in an annual report presented Monday in the presence of the Minister of Pensions Daniel Bacquelaine.
A government proposal to force tobacco manufacturers to market cigarettes in neutral packaging could play into the hands of counterfeiters, according to the vice-president of an organisation which works to fight counterfeiting.
Nearly half of all young Belgians feel lonely, according to a poll carried out by life assurer NN and the university of Ghent.