Press Releases



New progressive proposals on smoking at work: ASH delighted

Wednesday 06 September 2000 ASH surprised but delighted with new progressive proposals on passive smoking at work 6 September 2000 – For immediate release   ASH responded with surprise and delight at the new measures to tackle passive smoking announced yesterday by the Health & Safety Commission. The decision to let the proposed Approved Code […]

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Passive smoking at work: make or break for the new legal code

Monday 04 September 2000   Press release  4th September 2000 immediate   Make or break for new legal code on passive smoking at work… but deregulation panel pressing for ‘insane U-turn’ on clean air   ASH today warned the Government that any backsliding on the new legal code on passive smoking at work would be regarded […]

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Brief comment on BAT’s submission to the WHO

Tuesday 29 August 2000 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TUES 29 AUGUST 2000   ASH reaction to today’s call by British American Tobacco for “sensible tobacco regulation”   Emma Must, ASH’s International Campaign Manager said:  “BAT is being disingenuous. If they were really interested in reducing the global burden of death and disease due to smoking they would be backing tough international […]

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FOREST still inhabits flat earth: ASH heaps scorn on tobacco industry passive smoking ‘research’

Wednesday 16 August 2000 Press release – Immediate release 16th August 2000 ASH dismissed new polling research to be released by tobacco industry front group FOREST [1] FOREST, a front group which is 96 percent funded by the tobacco industry, has conducted polling which shows that publicans and restaurant owners are alarmed about a total ban […]

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Quitting smoking works. Doll & Peto study in BMJ

Wednesday 02 August 2000 Press release Doll/Peto BMJ smoking cancer story 2nd August 2000 Quitting smoking works – and it’s never too late   New data [1] on the impact of quitting smoking shows that it’s never too late to pack in the cigarettes.  Stopping before 30 almost completely removes the excess risk of lung […]

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Tobacco Industry infiltration of the UN & WHO: ASH calls for action

Wednesday 02 August 2000 Press release For immediate release Weds 2 August 2000   Tobacco industry infiltration of UN:  ASH calls on WHO to tackle the companies responsible Reacting to the publication today of important new evidence of systematic efforts by the tobacco industry to undermine the World Health Organisation (WHO), campaign group Action on […]

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BAT at large in Africa: new documents on smuggling

Monday 31 July 2000 Embargo: 00:01 Monday 31st July 2000 New British American Tobacco internal documents uncovered by ASH and The Guardian newspaper reveal BAT facilitating and controlling widespread cigarette smuggling operations in Africa. This builds on earlier revelations of the company’s activities in Asia and Latin America and follows the European Commission’s decision last […]

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NHS to take smoking treatment into the mainstream

Thursday 27 July 2000 The Government today raised the profile of smoking in the mainstream NHS. · Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products are to be made available on NHS prescription. · NICE is to provide guidance to doctors on the best prescribing regime for NRT and Zyban (the drug announced in June). · The Committee […]

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NHS ‘could save millions’ by tackling smoking

Monday 24 July 2000 Embargo: 00:01 Monday 24th July 2000 (In advance of Wednesday’s government announcement of the National Plan for the NHS) When it comes to smoking, the NHS has still not embraced the full potential of the idea that “prevention is better than cure” and could save millions of pounds if it did. […]

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Letter to Wall St. Journal on Industry smuggling

Monday 24 July 2000 Dear Editor Re: “Up in smoke” editorial Your editorial (Up in smoke,24th July) argues that it is “hard to believe that these multinational, publicly traded [tobacco] firms would do some smuggling on the side and partner with an unlikely gaggle of international gangsters.” In fact, the evidence from the companies’ internal […]

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New study: 76% of the North East hospitality trade back smoke free areas

Thursday 20 July 2000   Press Release Embargo: Thursday 20 July 2000, 00.01hrs Smoke free areas are good for business and popular with customers. New research in the North East of England has found that providing smoke free areas is popular with customers and often boosts trade. Owners are also urging the rest of the […]

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Cigarette smuggling: EU takes legal action against Big Tobacco

Thursday 20 July 2000   Press release For immediate release, 20 July 2000   Cigarette smuggling: EU takes legal action against Big Tobacco Responding to news that the European Commission has decided to sue a number of tobacco companies over tobacco smuggling, Clive Bates, Director of ASH said: “This puts the theory that the tobacco […]

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New drug promises hope for addicted smokers

Monday 26 June 2000 102 Clifton Street,London EC2A 4HW Tel: (020) 7739 5902 Fax: (020) 7613 0531 Press Release Embargo: immediate 26th June 2000 ASH Action on Smoking and Health New drug promises hope for addicted smokers Commenting onthe launch of Zyban (bupropion) a new smoking cessation treatment from GlaxoWellcome, Clive Bates, Director of ASH […]

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Tobacco consumption static 1995-9: changes in the pipeline

Sunday 25 June 2000 102 Clifton Street,London EC2A 4HW Tel: (020) 7739 5902 Fax: (020) 7613 0531 Press Release 25th June 2000 ASH Action on Smoking and Health Euromonitor report on smoking Tobacco consumption static 1995-99 – but changes are in the pipeline Commenting on a Euromonitor survey showing that tobacco consumption per head had […]

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EU ad ban in trouble: UK Government must respond

Thursday 15 June 2000 102 Clifton Street,London EC2A 4HW Tel: (020) 7739 5902 Fax: (020) 7613 0531 Press Release 15th June 2000 ASH Action on Smoking and Health EU advertising ban in trouble, but UK Government must respond with a Tobacco Bill through Westminster The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice produced a […]

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