Blogs



A collection of blog posts by ASH staff members and external colleagues/collaborators. These posts can also be found on our Medium page.

Ten Years On: the growth in public support for tackling tobacco


    This post was written by Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of ASH. Like a lot of students I worked in a bar to help pay my rent. Not a bad job, it fitted in with my studies and was flexible. But what I didn’t like was getting home gone midnight, exhausted, with my hair […]

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Making tobacco vending machines a thing of the past


This piece was written by Chloe Watson, Policy Manager for Research and Prevention at the British Heart Foundation. This weekend marks 10 years since smoke free legislation was introduced in England. Its introduction has transformed our pubs and restaurants, making smoke-filled meals and drinks out with friends a thing of the past. But smoke isn’t the […]

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10 years of smokefree: a victory for parliament and public health


Bar workers are among those able to enjoy smokefree workplaces since the legislation   This coming weekend marks the tenth anniversary of England going smokefree in all enclosed public places including pubs, bars and private members clubs. It’s hard to imagine now but any legislation, never mind as wide ranging as this, was inconceivable only a […]

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Many people unaware smoking causes blindness


This article was written by the Macular Society Smoking is now one of the leading causes of blindness in the UK   A recent survey has revealed 53 per cent of people are not aware that smoking causes blindness. The survey was conducted by national sight loss charity the Macular Societyin the lead up to Macular Week […]

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How ten years of tobacco control success has helped me


This post is from John McClurey. John is a small retailer in the North of England and has been a long-term supporter of tobacco control.     There’s a lot of mythology surrounding the relationship between small retailers and the tobacco industry. Tobacco companies try to tell me that I make a lot of money […]

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Some reflections on World No Tobacco Day


Image courtesy of www.askideas.com   This post was written by Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of ASH. Today is the WHO’s World No Tobacco Day, a day set aside as a tribute to the seven million people killed each year by tobacco and a call to action to governments to halt this deadly epidemic.[1] An epidemic two […]

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Today’s the day — waving goodbye to cigarette packs as a promotional tool


All week we have been reviewing how cigarette branding influences consumers and explaining why standardised “plain” packaging is so important for public health. For more on the new regulations, see our factsheet here.[1] Children born in Britain today will never be exposed to the brightly coloured, heavily branded packs their parents grew up with. Why does […]

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Standardised “plain” packaging for hand rolling tobacco


Tomorrow sees the final implementation of new regulations which mandate that all cigarettes and tobacco must be sold in standardised “plain” packaging. As a part of the countdown, today’s article looks at how hand rolling tobacco is affected. See our factsheet for more information. During the course of this week we’ve been looking at the influence […]

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Countdown to standard packaging — how the tobacco industry uses packaging to target women and girls


The tobacco industry uses cigarette packaging as a marketing opportunity. In order to entice the next generation of smokers, brands like Silk Cut produced a line of Superslims which were developed to target to women and teenage girls. The new rules on standardised “plain” packaging puts a stop to these techniques in the UK. For more, […]

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Standardised tobacco packaging — removing the power of brands (17.05.2017)


This article was published on the 17th May, 2017   This week we are looking at the benefits of standardised “plain” tobacco packaging for public health (see our briefing for more information). Colourfully branded cigarettes are being confined to the dustbin of UK history on Saturday. Today we look at the power of branding. The […]

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Four days until all cigarettes must be in standardised “plain” packaging


If you saw our article yesterday you’ll be aware that the UK is about to wave goodbye to glitzy tobacco packaging forever. This week we’re explaining why this is a big win for public health. Today’s article looks at price-marked packaging. For more on standardised plain packaging, please see this ASH briefing. Sterling is currently the best-selling cigarette brand […]

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Counting down to standardised “plain” packaging of cigarettes


There are now five days to go until all cigarettes on sale in the UK must be in standardised “plain” packaging. The legislation mandating the change came into force in May 2016, with a one year transitional period to allow retailers and manufacturers to sell old stock. This transitional period comes to an end at […]

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FLOC speaks out against speaks out against abuses in BAT supply chain


The Farm Labor Organizing Committee is a campaigning group working to achieve better conditions for farm workers in the United States. This article was published on their website and is reproduced with permission. FLOC Vice President Justin Flores at the BAT AGM. Image courtesy of FLOC   British American Tobacco (BAT) is to pay US$49 billion to become the world’s […]

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Tobacco Industry Marketing Aimed At Children.


Students in Indonesia buy single cigarettes without age identification at a kiosk after school. Photo by Michelle Siu   Despite increasing government regulation of tobacco marketing globally, children and young people are still being targeted by tobacco companies like British American Tobacco (BAT) and Philip Morris International (PMI). Two thirds of all smokers begin as children under […]

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A development challenge the world can overcome


This article was written by Laurent Huber, Executive Director of US-based (and unaffiliated public health charity ASH. It was originally published on the Huffington Post. Reproduced with permission.   What should governments do to achieve the SDGs? Addressing tobacco is a proven approach, with built-in revenue. Let me explain. In 2015, the world agreed to a new […]

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