About ASH


Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) is a public health charity that works to eliminate the harm caused by tobacco. ASH was established in January 1971 by the Royal College of Physicians. We do not attack smokers or condemn smoking. The organisation is headed by the Chief Executive, Deborah Arnott, and governed by a Board of Trustees. The Duke of Gloucester is our patron.

While we aim to be innovative and agenda setting in our work, our policies are always evidence based and follow a dual approach:

  • Information and networking: To develop opinion and awareness about the “tobacco epidemic”
  • Advocacy and campaigning: To press for policy measures that will reduce the burden of addiction, disease and premature death attributable to tobacco.

ASH provides the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health.

PDF versions of our accounts are available for download. ASH used to produce yearly summaries of its work and the archive of these can be found here.

ASH receives funding for its full programme of work from the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK. It has also received project funding from the Department of Health to support tobacco control.