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Tobacco Ad Bill published: ASH calls for swift and comprehensive ban to save lives

Thursday 14 December 2000 14 December  2000 ­ Immediate release The Government today published Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill. ASH Director, Clive Bates, said: “This will save about 3,000 lives each year, and we can’t afford another moment of delay or doubt in bringing in the advertising ban.” Despite the positive news, ASH lamented that the […]

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Tobacco advertising & promotion bill will save lives

Wednesday 06 December 2000 6 December 2000­ Immediate release   Tobacco Advertising & Promotion Bill will save lives and must be given highest priority   The tobacco advertising and promotion bill will save three thousand lives a year in the long run, and remains the most significant outstanding item in the government’s public health agenda. […]

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ASH slams BAT cash for ‘ethics’

Monday 04 December 2000 Press release For immediate release, 4 December 2000 ASH slams BAT cash for ‘Ethics’ Health campaigners are outraged at Nottingham University’s controversial decision to take sponsorship from British American Tobacco for Britain’s first International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility. The tobacco giant,which is currently under investigation by the Department of Trade […]

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Art attack or heart attack? cutting edge artists exhibit powerful anti-smoking work

Tuesday 21 November 2000 Embargo: 11:00am – 21 November 2000 Can modern art help smokers quit? An exciting new approach to persuading smokers to kick the habit is to being launched today at London’s Whitechapel Art Gallery. The World Health Organization (Europe) has commissioned twenty artists to create works of art on the theme of […]

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EU takes US tobacco companies to court over tobacco smuggling

Monday 06 November 2000 6th November 2000 ­immediate release The EU has filed a RICO action (Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organisations) against Philip Morris and RJ Reynolds in the US courts.  The civil RICO action will attempt to recover excise duties, which the EU will allege were lost as a result of the involvement in smuggling […]

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No Smoking Day on teenagers with mobiles

Friday 03 November 2000 Embargo 00:01 Friday 3rd November 2000   Mobile phones ­ the new cigarettes?   The organisers of No Smoking Day welcomed today’s startling new insights into children’s smoking (Charlton & Bates; BMJ letters).  Doreen McIntyre, Chief Executive of the charity that runs the annual No Smoking Day campaigns, explained:   “For […]

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Are mobile phones driving down teenage smoking?

Friday 03 November 2000 Embargo 00:01 – Friday 3rd November 2000 The incredible rise in use of mobile phones may be a key factor in the decline in teenage smoking since 1996.  A letter in today’s British Medical Journal suggests that mobile phones successfully compete with cigarettes to meet certain important needs of teenagers. Between […]

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Danger! PR in the playground: new report reveals tobacco giants’ sinister strategy on youth smoking

Tuesday 10 October 2000   Joint ASH / Cancer Research Campaign press release   Press release      Embargo:10th October 2000 10:00am (UK)   Keep tobacco industry away from kids – new report reveals tobacco giants’ sinister PR strategy on youth smoking   Tobacco companies such as BAT and Philip Morris are guilty of a sickening fraud […]

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Tobacco ad ban: industry tactics will be thwarted, but delays cost lives

Thursday 05 October 2000 Press release Embargo: 4th October 2000 immediate   Tobacco advertising ban: industry wrecking tactics will bethwarted but more lives will be lost through delays   In the light of an expected setback on banning tobacco advertising in the European Court of Justice, ASH called on the government and European Union to continue […]

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Tower Hamlets claws back fag-break time

Monday 02 October 2000 Press release      Tower Hamlets claws back fag-break time from smokers and ends discrimination against non-smokers Tower Hamlets council will be among the first employers in the country to officially recognise smoking breaks.  Smokers will have half an hour to smoke during the day but at their own expense.  The idea is […]

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Lung cancer overtakes breast cancer in women

Sunday 24 September 2000 Press briefing 24th September 2000 immediate   Lung cancer overtakes breast cancer as a killer of women   Responding to the analysis from Cancer Research Campaign [1] showing that lung cancer in women has risen over the last 20 years whereas breast cancer is in decline, ASH highlighted the importance of the […]

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BAT faces punitive racketeering charges over Colombian smuggling

Thursday 21 September 2000   Press release 21st September 2000 immediate   BAT faces punitive racketeering charges over Colombian cigarette smuggling   BritishAmerican Tobacco (BAT) is today facing serious racketeering charges over itsinvolvement in cigarette smuggling in Colombia.  BAT faces action by the Departments (States) of Colombia whichallege that it committed violations of racketeering laws:   […]

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Good to tackle ‘pathetic’ enforcement of underage cigarette sales law – but don’t expect miracles

Wednesday 13 September 2000   Press release 13th September 2000 immediate   Good to tackle ‘pathetic’ enforcement of underage cigarette sales law ­ but don’t expect miracles   As the government moves to crack down on retailers that sell cigarettes to kids, ASH highlighted the ‘pathetic’ level of enforcement of the law in this area.  A […]

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‘Cynical’ tobacco companies use additives to disguise passive smoking hazards

Monday 11 September 2000   Press Release 11 September 2000 immediate   ‘Cynical’ tobacco manufacturers use additives to mask environmental tobacco smoke   After revelations[1] that tobacco companies added substances to mask the smell and visibility of smoke ASH reiterates calls for a proper regulatory framework for all aspects of cigarette design – including and […]

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Kids addicted to nicotine as early as 12 & within 4 weeks of smoking

Monday 11 September 2000   Press Release 11 September 2000 immediate   Adolescents addicted to nicotine as early as age 12   Kids can be addicted to cigarettes as early as age 12 and after only four weeks of smoking.[1]  ASH warned that the biggest risk facing teenage smokers was not direct ill-health, but that […]

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