Press Releases



World Conference on Tobacco or Health. Beijing.

Tuesday 19 August 1997 ASH/ Press releases/   102 Clifton Street, London EC2A 4HW Tel: (020) 7739 5902 Fax: (020) 7613 0531 Press releaseAugust 19, 1997 ASH Action on Smoking and Health World Conference on Tobacco or Health. Beijing, August 24-28, 1997 Landmark conference will lead the international fightback against the tobacco epidemic Smokers and […]

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Government means business on smoking policy

Monday 14 July 1997 ASH/ Press releases/ ASH News Release – 14 July 1997 Government means business on smoking policy As the opening shots in the war on smoking were fired today, ASH welcomed the Government’s commitment to tackling the biggest preventable cause of death and disease in the UK. Commenting on the outcome of […]

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Good news that government is considering raising smoking age to 18

Saturday 12 July 1997 ASH/ Press releases/ ASH News Release – 13 July 1997 News that Government is considering raising smoking age to 18 It is illegal to sell cigarettes to people under 16. Responding to news that the Government is considering raising this age to 18, Clive Bates, Director of ASH – Action on […]

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‘War on smoking’ starts Monday

Thursday 10 July 1997 ASH/ Press releases/ ASH News Release – Sunday 13th July 1997 “War on smoking” starts on Monday On Monday 14th July, the Public Health Minister, Tessa Jowell, will launch a radical shake up of tobacco control in the UK. At the Government’s Anti-Smoking Summit in London, experts will consider what measures […]

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ASH welcomes cigarette tax hike

Wednesday 02 July 1997 ASH/ Press releases/ ASH Budget News Release – 2nd July 1997 ASH Welcomes Cigarette Tax Hike Chancellor Gordon Brown has signalled that tax will be a central plank of the Government’s tobacco control strategy. A rise in tax of 19 pence on a packet of 20 will encourage people to cut […]

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Public versus private statements by tobacco companies

Tuesday 01 July 1997 ASH/ Press releases/ ASH Briefing on the tobacco industry   TOBACCO INDUSTRY STATEMENTS ON SMOKING AND HEALTH: PUBLIC STATEMENTS VERSUS PRIVATE ADMISSIONS   Public standpoint   In 1954, the tobacco companies in the US issued a joint public statement entitled “A Frank Statement to Cigarette Smokers”. Published in 448 newspapers across […]

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UK litigation – victims say they were deceived

Tuesday 01 July 1997 ASH News Release – 1 July 1997 ASH welcomed the announcement by the High Court today that a group of 47 lung cancer victims will be allowed to sue the tobacco industry. ASH called on other people with smoking-induced diseases to join the action to seek compensation from the tobacco industry. […]

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Press background: summary of the US settlement

Saturday 21 June 1997 ASH/ Press releases/ ASH – Action on Smoking and Health US Tobacco Litigation Settlement: Overview of the Deal   The full text of the agreement runs to 70 pages Because the deal requires legislation, the President Clinton and the Congress will have to ratify it. Clinton has set up a task […]

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Tobacco deal in the US – the beginning of the end for Big Tobacco?

Saturday 21 June 1997 ASH News Release – 21 June 1997 ASH welcomed the $368.5 billion settlement as the beginning of the end for Big Tobacco. “The tobacco lobby boasted for many years that they had not paid a penny in damages, and this settlement changes all that. There should be no doubt now that […]

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Press briefing: US tobacco settlement – what would it mean for the UK

Wednesday 18 June 1997 ASH/ Press releases/ ASH News Briefing – 18 June 1997 US tobacco settlement – what would it mean for the UK? There are clear signs that the talks between the American tobacco companies and lawyers representing US states could complete this week. ASH has considered the implications of this massive settlement […]

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Green campaigner & marketing specialist takes charge at ASH

Monday 16 June 1997 ASH/ Press releases/ ASH News Release – 16 June 1997 Green campaigner and marketing specialist to take charge at ASH The new Director of ASH, Action on Smoking and Health, has started work. Clive Bates joins ASH just as the political temperature surrounding tobacco control policy is rising sharply. He comes […]

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Ban on tobacco sponsorship is wonderful news Monday 19 May 1997

Monday 19 May 1997 ASH/ Press releases/ ASH News Release – 19 May 1997 Tobacco sponsorship ban is “wonderful news” Responding to the announcement today by the Secretary of State for Health that the Government is to include sponsorship in the bill to ban tobacco advertising, ASH spokesperson, Amanda Sandford said: “This is wonderful news. […]

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Cut-price mailorder cigarettes found to be illegal

Thursday 17 April 1997 ASH/ Press releases/ ASH News Release – 17 April 1997 Cut price mail order cigarettes found to be illegal Commenting on the preliminary ruling by the European Court on the Enlightened Tobacco Company’s mail-order operation, ASH spokeswoman, Amanda Sandford, said: “This is very encouraging news. We are delighted that the advocate […]

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Win for mail order cigarettes could spell disaster for health & wealth of UK

Wednesday 16 April 1997 ASH/ Press releases/ ASH News Release – 16 April 1997 Win for mail order cigarettes could spell disaster for health and wealth of UK Anticipating the outcome of the European Court ruling on the Enlightened Tobacco Company’s direct mail operation, ASH spokeswoman Amanda Sandford said: “If the ruling goes in ETC’s […]

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ASH welcomes Queen’s ban on tobacco advertising

Monday 14 April 1997 ASH/ Press releases/ >ASH News Release – 14 May 1997 ASH welcomes Queen’s ban on tobacco advertising Responding to the announcement in the Queen’s speech today that the government is to ban tobacco advertising, ASH spokesperson, Amanda Sandford said: “This is wonderful news. ASH is delighted that the new Government is […]

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