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Media Advisory: Standardised “plain” packaging starts 20th May 2016

ASH image: Packaging compliant with TPD and Standardised Packaging regulations. From 20th May 2016 laws surrounding tobacco packaging will change. From this date all tobacco products manufactured for sale in the UK must comply with the new laws. There is a one year transitional period for the sell-through of old stock and from May 2017 […]

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European Court of Justice rules Tobacco Products Directive is lawful – gives backing to UK’s policy on standardised packaging

Wednesday 04 May 2016 The European Court of Justice has ruled that the EU Tobacco Products Directive which is due to enter into force on 20th May 2016 is lawful and that the tobacco industry’s challenge which sought to overturn the Directive is without foundation. The court also clarified that Member States may go further […]

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ECJ Court ruling on Tobacco Products Directive due Wed 4th May

03 May 2016. The European Court of Justice is releasing its ruling tomorrow, Wednesday 4th May on whether the Tobacco Products Directive of 2014 is lawful. [1] The Directive was adopted in February 2014 but was subjected to three different legal challenges. In December 2015, the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice issued […]

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Nicotine without smoke – why electronic cigarettes can improve public health. ASH comment on RCP report

28 April 2016.  A new report by the Tobacco Advisory Group of the Royal College of Physicians concludes that electronic cigarettes are a safer alternative to smoking and are beneficial to public health. [1] The report also reflects research by ASH which shows that use of electronic cigarettes is almost exclusively confined to former or […]

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Youngsters join global ‘Day of Action’ to protest against British American Tobacco’s alleged corruption

27 April 2016.  Today young people from schools and youth groups across the country came together to protest at BAT’s AGM against the company’s activities in Africa. They joined Corporate Accountability International’s ‘Day of Action’ which saw simultaneous events in Africa and Latin America to demonstrate against allegations of BAT’s corruption in East Africa. Last […]

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Stolen Years: How smoking disproportionately harms those with mental health conditions

13 April 2016. People with mental health conditions die on average 10-20 years earlier than the general population and smoking is the single largest factor in this shocking difference. Around one third of adult tobacco consumption is by people with a current mental health condition [1] with smoking rates more than double that of the […]

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Media Advisory: Standardised “plain” packaging starts 20th May 2016

ASH image: Packaging compliant with TPD and Standardised Packaging regulations. From 20th May 2016 laws surrounding tobacco packaging will change. From this date all tobacco products manufactured for sale in the UK must comply with the new laws. There is a one year transitional period for the sell-through of old stock and from May 2017 […]

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Rise in tobacco tax & Minimum Excise Tax – a significant boost to health

16 March 2016. ASH has warmly welcomed the increases in tobacco tax announced in today’s Budget. The 2% above inflation rise on duty on manufactured cigarettes previously committed to, and the 5% above inflation rise on hand-rolled tobacco will provide a significant boost in the campaign to reduce smoking.  These changes add 21p to a […]

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Health groups renew call for tobacco levy & tax rises in 2016 Budget

11 March 2016.  In a joint submission to the Chancellor in advance of next week’s Budget, ASH and the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies are calling for a sustained increase in tobacco taxes together with a levy on the tobacco industry to be used to help people stop smoking and discourage uptake. [1] […]

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ASH comment on smoking in prisons Court of Appeal ruling

08 March 2016.  The Court of Appeal has upheld an appeal by the Government against a High Court ruling which stated that the smokefree law introduced in 2007 covered all public places and all workplaces including the prison estate. However, the Government remains committed to rolling out its plans for smokefree prisons. Deborah Arnott, Chief […]

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Australian government report confirms standardised plain packaging works

26 February 2016.  The Australian Government has today released a comprehensive report confirming that the plain packaging of tobacco is responsible for one quarter of the decline in smoking in Australia over the last three years. [1] The findings of the post-implementation review reflect those of the authoritative independent inquiry by Sir Cyril Chantler which […]

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GB smoking rates stalling: need for more investment in tobacco control

18 February 2016.  Statistics released today suggest that the decline in smoking among adults in Great Britain may be stalling, particularly among women.  Overall, in 2014 19% of adults were smokers, the same figure as in 2013. While rates fell among men, there was no change among women. The survey also included data on use […]

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Statement in support of Smokefree Southwest

05 February 2016.  ASH is saddened to hear that the future of the regional tobacco control group, Smokefree Southwest is now in doubt due to cuts in funding. The All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health has written to the Health Select Committee and to the local authorities that have provided funding to the […]

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Young people demand the return of “blood money” at Imperial Tobacco AGM

Wednesday 03 February 2016 Today a group of young people and public health advocates demonstrated outside the Imperial Tobacco’s AGM. Dressed as Count and Countess Tobacula and other vampires, they were protesting against the huge profits of the industry and calling on the company to return “blood money” to society. Imperial Tobacco, the fourth largest […]

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ASH backs call to make tobacco companies pay for the damage they do

Tuesday 26 January 2016 ASH, together with more than 120 health organisations, is backing Cancer Research UK’s call to make tobacco companies ‘Cough Up’ for the harm they cause to millions of UK citizens, and to help prevent further death and disease. A proposal to impose a levy on the tobacco industry to pay for […]

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