Blogs



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

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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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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