Campaigns and recommendations

The FOPH conducts information campaigns aimed at raising awareness of issues, for instance communicable diseases, smoking and alcohol consumption, handling of chemical products in everyday life, measles vaccination or organ donation, among people living in Switzerland.


Working together to create a society in which fewer people fall ill or die from the effects of smoking

National Tobacco Programme. On 9 May 2012, the Swiss Federal Council extended the National Tobacco Programme by a further four years to the end of 2016. This measure ensures that prevention activities already launched have a long-term effect. more


For a society in which a balanced diet and sufficient physical activity are taken for granted

National Nutrition and Physical Activity Programme. The Swiss government, the cantons and Health Promotion Switzerland are cooperating in a broadly based national programme to promote a balanced diet and sufficient level of physical activity. The long-term aim is to prevent chronic illnesses such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Interim report on progress at the half-way point. more


Advertising ban for tobacco and alcohol products protects public health

Lead article. Advertising persuades children and adolescents to take a positive view of alcohol and tobacco. It makes little difference whether or not the advertising message is aimed directly at them. Full-scale bans on advertising are politically controversial, but – if combined with other measures – they would afford better protection against the subtle influences and clever advertising strategies of tobacco and alcohol producers. In Switzerland, producers are subject to fewer restrictions than in other European countries. more


Help for people who gamble excessively

Preventing addictive gambling. Addictive gambling, or gambling disorder, is a growing social problem. In Switzerland, about three percent of the population, i. e. some 250,000 people, are directly affected; if family members are included, then approximately one fifth of the inhabitants of our country suffer from the consequences of excessive gambling behaviour. The new Article 106 of the Swiss Constitution empowers the Swiss government to set up a comprehensive legal framework for regulating gambling – creating an opportunity for a key shift in prevention policy. But will the opportunity be grasped? more


"Ne regrette rien!"

"LOVE LIFE" campaign 2014. As if inspired by Edith Piaf: just like the French chanson singer's great song, the new "LOVE LIFE" campaign comes across as passionate, authentic and life-affirming. more


"Indulgence or addiction" at the Fumetto Comix Festival

Prevention partnership. What do we actually mean by indulgence? And when does indulgence become addiction – particularly in young people? To find this out and to launch a corresponding dialogue, the Federal Office of Public Health and Fumetto Comix Festival Lucerne have organised a competition on the topic of "Indulgence or addiction". more


Don’t miss out – get your measles vaccine now

Measles campaign 2013−2015. hich has a slogan that translates as "Don’t miss out –get your measles vaccine now", calls on the public to have themselves immunised against measles. The main target group is adults under the age of 50. The aim is to eliminate measles from Switzerland by 2015. more


Achieving a balanced diet with the interactive food pyramid

Online food pyramid. The Swiss food pyramid and the plate model show at a glance what a healthy, balanced diet for an adult looks like. These two established models can now be accessed online as interactive graphics. more


"Break the chains" to reduce HIV infection

Gay community. Avoid all risk of infection in April and then take an HIV test in May with the partners with whom you usually have unprotected sex: this is the message of the "Break the Chains" campaign, which is being run this spring for the second time. The aim of the campaign is to break the chains of infection among men who have sex with men. more


Little change on Switzerland's nutrition front

6th Swiss Nutrition Report. The typical inhabitant of Switzerland continues to eat too much sweet and salty food and too little fruit and vegetables, despite being aware of the most important recommendations on a healthy diet. Excessive bodyweight is still one of the country's most serious health problems. The availability of data on the nutritional status of the Swiss continues to be unsatisfactory. These are some of the findings of the 6th Swiss Nutrition Report, which, along with the Swiss Nutrition Policy 2013–2016, was unveiled by government minister Alain Berset, Head of the Federal Department of Home Affairs, on 22 January 2013. more