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Impact of the Spending Review on health and social care: ASH comment

19 July 2016.   A new report published by the House of Commons Health Committee on the Impact of the Spending Review on Health and Social Care has recognised that “cuts to public health budgets set out in the Spending Review threaten to undermine the necessary upgrade to prevention and public health set out in […]

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Charities call for Government action to maintain progress on smoking in pregnancy rates

Thursday 16 June 2016 The Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group [1], a coalition of health and baby charities, today welcomed the news that smoking rates among pregnant women have continued to fall but warned that progress could be jeopardised if services to help people quit continue to be cut around the country.   Smoking at […]

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Public Health Minister Jane Ellison awarded WHO medal

Friday 27 May 2016 Public Health Minister Jane Ellison MP has been awarded the prestigious WHO Director-General Special Award to mark World No Tobacco Day. The award recognises her political leadership and determination in overseeing the introduction of a major public health reform, standardised ‘plain’ packaging of tobacco, and her ongoing commitment to tobacco control. […]

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Tobacco Companies’ Legal Challenge to Standardised Tobacco Packaging Fails: Other Countries to Follow UK Lead

19 May 2016. Please note: key extracts from the judge’s ruling in the case are available online at http://tinyurl.com/zjgnxwn The tobacco industry’s High Court challenge to the Regulations on standardised (“plain”) tobacco packaging met with a humiliating defeat today. The landmark judgement in the case will help other countries looking to introduce the policy: France […]

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New EU rules on nicotine strength not a problem for most vapers

16 May 2016.  Use of electronic cigarettes continues to rise with 2.8 million current e-cigarette users in 2016, up from only 700,000 in 2012 when it was first measured by ASH. [1] And new EU rules on electronic cigarettes [2] need not cause problems for most vapers according to new research published by ASH today. […]

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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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