Blogs



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

Africa must reject BAT’s fools’ gold


  Cameroon school children at point of sale where tobacco advertising is visible. Photo credit: ATCA Tih Ntiabang is the Regional Coordinator — AFRO, for the Framework Convention Alliance.   The latest ‘sustainability’ report published by British American Tobacco (BAT) states: “we are committed to operating to the highest standards of corporate conduct and transparency.” [1] In pursuit of its […]

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BAT must be held financially responsible for the damage it causes


Headquartered in London, British American Tobacco (BAT) is one of the biggest transnational tobacco companies. This Wednesday BAT is hosting its Annual General Meeting in London. In line with the “Polluter Pays Principle” ASH is calling on the Government and political leaders to hold Big Tobacco financially responsible for the damage it causes. We must […]

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Attending the Imperial Brands AGM


On Wednesday 7 February 2018, long-time activist Cecilia Farren attended the Imperial Brands AGM. Below is her report. I’ve been attending Imperial Brands/Tobacco AGM for about 20 years. Usually alone but occasionally we gathered a group of demonstrators protesting outside with placards. One year the then CEO, Gareth Davis, had stated under oath that it […]

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The environmental harm of the tobacco lifecycle


Throughout the whole life cycle of tobacco — from farming through to manufacture and consumption — there is a pronounced threat to the environment. Despite its enormous profitability, the industry bears few of the health and environmental costs caused by producing tobacco. The life cycle of tobacco causes deep and often irreparable damage through deforestation, water consumption and the […]

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Tobacco companies violate Lao tobacco control law


The Imperial Tobacco AGM takes place today. Wendell C Balderas is Media and Communications Manager of the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA). In this blog post he reveals a side of the company they would prefer to hide.   Taken on 3 February 2018 in Vientiane — Brands Bastos and A Deng from Imperial-controlled Lao Tobacco Company Ltd. with […]

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Big Tobacco should pay for the damage it does


This spring ASH is running a campaign to coincide with the annual shareholders meetings of three of the largest tobacco companies in the world: Imperial Tobacco, British American Tobacco, and Philip Morris International. In line with the “Polluter Pays Principle” we’re calling on governments to make Big Tobacco pay for the damage it does. Help […]

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Regulating the smoke ban 10 years on


As we approach the tenth anniversary of smokefree legislation in England, we are looking at various aspects of the legislation and its impact. This article by Tony Lewis, Head of Policy at CIEH, looks at how the legislation is enforced. As I look back over the past decade since the smoking ban was first introduced, I […]

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My role in the smoking ban


Caroline Flint MP was public health minister from 2005 to 2007 and oversaw the introduction of the smoking ban, which she describes below. Caroline Flint MP. Image: Foreign and Commonwealth Office   On 1 July England celebrated a decade since the ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces came into force. It’s been a huge […]

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Lord Rennard calls for a new Tobacco Control Plan


On Thursday 29 June 2017, in the run up to the tenth anniversary of smokefree legislation in England, Lord Rennard gave a speech in the House of Lords calling for the publication of a new Tobacco Control Plan. This was a part of the Queen’s Speech debate and is republished below. Lord Rennard (Image courtesy […]

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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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