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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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At last the tobacco industry admit that nicotine is addictive

Friday 21 March 1997 ASH/ Press releases/ ASH News Release – 21 March 1997 At last the tobacco industry admits that nicotine is addictive ASH today welcomed the news that the American tobacco company Liggett has publicly admitted that nicotine is addictive and that smoking causes cancer. Responding to the announcement, ASH spokesperson Amanda Sandford […]

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ASH welcomes Mississippi decision

Friday 14 March 1997 ASH/ Press releases/ ASH News Release – 14 March 1997 ASH welcomes Mississippi ruling Commenting on the ruling by Mississippi’s highest court which dismissed a tobacco industry attempt to thwart the Medicaid cases, Amanda Sandford said: “This ruling offers considerable hope for all those who became addicted to nicotine and whose […]

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Chancellor heeds health calls on cigarettes

Tuesday 26 November 1996 ASH/ Press releases/ 102 CliftonStreet, London EC2A 4HW Tel: (020) 7739 5902 Fax: (020) 7613 0531 Press Release 26th November 1996 ASH Action on Smoking and Health Chancellor heeds health callson cigarettes Commenting on the tax increases on tobaccoannounced in today’s Budget, Karen Williams of tobacco control lobby group ASH said: […]

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ASH welcomes legal action against the tobacco industry

Friday 27 September 1996 ASH/ Press releases/ 102 CliftonStreet, London EC2A 4HW Tel: (020) 7739 5902 Fax: (020) 7613 0531 Press Release 27th September 1996 ASH Action on Smoking and Health ASH WELCOMES LEGAL ACTIONAGAINST THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY ASH welcomes the decision by lawyers and theforty lung cancer victims to sue the tobacco industry for […]

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Teenage smokers show early signs of addiction

Thursday 05 September 1996 ASH/ Press releases/ 102 CliftonStreet, London EC2A 4HW Tel: (020) 7739 5902 Fax: (020) 7613 0531 Press Release 5th September 1996 ASH Action on Smoking and Health TEENAGE SMOKERS SHOW EARLY SIGNS OFADDICTION Among young people who smoke one or morecigarettes a week, 3 in 10 light up their first cigarette […]

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ASH welcomes Clinton’s move to regulate tobacco

Friday 23 August 1996 ASH/ Press releases/ 102 CliftonStreet, London EC2A 4HW Tel: (020) 7739 5902 Fax: (020) 7613 0531 Press Release 23th August 1996 ASH Action on Smoking and Health ASH WELCOMES CLINTON’S MOVES TOREGULATE TOBACCO Pamela Furness, Chief Executive of the tobaccocontrol pressure group ASH said, “ASH welcomes President Clinton’s bold decision toregulate […]

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