Blogs



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

Denial, deceit and delay — tobacco industry lobbying tactics


When it comes to buying influence, tobacco money talks   The tobacco industry has a well-established history of using its scale and money to exert influence over policy and politicians. For decades it has worked tirelessly to prevent or delay regulatory and public health measures related to tobacco with bad science, corruption and lies. This is […]

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PMI IMPACT: Controlling research. Controlling policy?


  This article was written by Allen Gallagher & Karen Evans-Reeves, Tobacco Control Research Group, University of Bath In 2016, Philip Morris International (PMI) launched PMI IMPACT — a funding initiative pledging US$100 million for projects “dedicated to fighting illegal trade and related crimes”. [1] In its first funding call last year, public organisations, law enforcement, private entities and […]

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FCTC 2030: Supporting action to tackle tobacco


Image courtesy of ASH (US)   Tobacco harms all forms of development, from health and housing to education and climate change. This is driving poverty. At the national level it hampers sustainable development while at an individual level families across the world spend money on tobacco that could otherwise be spent on food, education and healthcare. Implementation […]

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The environmental harm caused by the tobacco industry


A bird pecking a discarded cigarette filter. More than five trillion cigarettes are produced every year, creating an enormous amount of waste.   When we consider the environmental harm caused by tobacco, many of us tend to think about smoking-related litter in the streets see this factsheet on smoking-related litter (PDF) [1] and this research paper calling for an environmental policy on […]

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Hold the tobacco industry responsible for harming our global environment


This article was written by Clif Curtis, Consultant Policy Advisor for US-based (and unaffiliated) public health charity ASH. Reproduced with permission. Image courtesy of ASH (US)   For decades now, with cigarette sales having increased to more than six trillion in 2016, tobacco producers have refused to accept any significant responsibility for the serious, global environmental damage […]

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Child labour on tobacco farms


An 18-year-old tobacco worker who started working in tobacco farming when he was 15. “We leave here at 5 a.m. and get there at 6 a.m. We get back at 6 or 7 p.m.,” he said. “I usually don’t eat until 10 or 11 [a.m.], and the smell [of the tobacco] and an empty stomach, […]

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British American Tobacco undermines tobacco control in Sri Lanka


Religious leaders and public protest in front of the Ceylon Tobacco Company (CTC), the BAT subsidiary in Sri Lanka, on their AGM day. Image Courtesy of the Alcohol and Drug Information Centre (ADIC) This article was written by Manuja Perera, TCRG, University of Bath Tobacco giant, British American Tobacco (BAT), has been accused of undermining public […]

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The tobacco industry and the UN Sustainable Development Goals


The UN Sustainable Development Goals are designed to promote peace and prosperity for all   The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) [1] are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure everyone enjoys peace and prosperity. Tackling tobacco is essential to achieve these global goals. Big Tobacco undermines the development goals with […]

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The global economic strain caused by Big Tobacco


The tobacco industry undermines the global economy. Big Tobacco frames itself as an economic stimulator, but independent peer reviewed studies show these claims are illusory. A 2017 report by the World Health Organization and the National Cancer Institute [1] demonstrates that smoking and its side effects cost the world economy over $1 trillion. In 2012, the British […]

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British American Tobacco: A “Killer” in Africa


This article was written by Manuja Perera and Andrew Rowell, TCRG University of Bath Lagos, Nigeria: A temporary kiosk visible from Apapa Senior High School gate, displaying BAT cigarettes on the counter next to sweets and snacks. Photo by ATCA   While tobacco consumption globally is decreasing, in the coming decades the number of smokers in Africa is […]

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British American Tobacco — killer company, deadly products


As British American Tobacco (BAT) holds its Annual General Meeting in London today, it’s time to highlight the global harm caused by this company and its lethal products. BAT is one of the world’s largest tobacco companies, accounting for 11% of the global tobacco market [1]. Based on this market share and the fact that tobacco kills […]

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Exposing the global harm caused by the tobacco industry


Today sees the start of a co-ordinated week of action by ASH and our partners to highlight the global harm caused by the tobacco industry. This action is timed to coincide with annual general meetings of two of the largest transnational tobacco companies — British American Tobacco (BAT) and Philip Morris International (PMI). Tobacco kills around 6 million people […]

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