Press Releases



Health Committee sets new anti-tobacco agenda

Wednesday 14 June 2000 Press Release 14th June 2000 ASH Action on Smoking and Health Overall. ASH hailed the Health Committee report into the tobacco industry as bold new thinking opening the way for a major overhaul of the regulation of the tobacco industry. “The companies have had it much too easy for much too […]

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Press briefing on Tobacco Product Directive

Monday 12 June 2000 Press Release 11th June 2000 ASH Action on Smoking and Health Letter sent by ASH to British MEPs on 6th June Dear … Re: Tobacco Directive I am sure you will be aware of the forthcoming important decisions to be made regarding the proposed tobacco Directive – which will be considered […]

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New anti-smoking drug available on the NHS

Sunday 11 June 2000 102 Clifton Street,London EC2A 4HW Tel: (020) 7739 5902 Fax: (020) 7613 0531 Press Release 11th June 2000 ASH Action on Smoking and Health (Response to Zyban anti-smoking drug announcement) New anti-smoking drug to be available on the NHS Commenting on reports [*] that the new stop-smoking drug ‘Zyban’ would be […]

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Smoking drags UK down in the world Health League

Sunday 04 June 2000 102 Clifton Street,London EC2A 4HW Tel: (020) 7739 5902 Fax: (020) 7613 0531 Press Release 4th June 2000 Embargo: 21.00hrs (Response to WHO press release) ASH Action on Smoking and Health Smoking drags UK down the world health league New life-expectancy league tables released by the World Health Organisation today show […]

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Tobacco ad ban: legal delays so far will cost over 1,300 lives

Friday 05 May 2000 Press Release, 22nd May 2000 ASH today called on the House of Lords to end the block on the ban on tobacco advertising. Using Government figures, ASH showed that the delay so far (164 days) would ultimately cause the avoidable loss of over 1,300 lives due to the extra smoking driven by […]

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A bad year for BAT: but £300 million profit from smuggled cigarettes

Thursday 20 April 2000 Press Release: 27th April 2000 Business decline: A year is a long time in the tobacco business. This time last year British American Tobacco was preening itself over the financial services demerger, plotting the acquisition of Rothmans, celebrating the US settlement and anticipating its share price reaching £6.27. Now its price has […]

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The Lancet publishes damning evidence of tobacco company manipulation of passive smoking science

Friday 07 April 2000 Press Release 7th April 2000 Embargo: 00:01 ASH Action on Smoking and Health New documentary evidence published in The Lancet [1] shows international tobacco companies mounted a dirty-tricks campaign to discredit a major passive smoking and cancer research study [2]. The PR campaign cost far more than the research itself.  The […]

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Press release from the International Agency on Research & Cancer

Thursday 06 April 2000 ASH/ Press releases/   Press Release 7th April 2000 The International Agency for Research on Cancer Tobacco industry interference with World Health Organization’s research on passive smoke and cancer Smoking is now generally recognized as the most important preventable cause of human cancer and responsible for more than 230,000 new cases […]

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Press release from Stanton Glantz

Thursday 06 April 2000 ASH/ Press releases/   Press Release 6th April 2000 Embargo: 3:30 PM PT “UNPRECEDENTED” TOBACCO INDUSTRY CAMPAIGN UNDERMINED REPORT ON SECOND-HAND SMOKE AND CANCER, RESEARCHERS FIND A ten-year study conducted by the International Agency for Research in Cancer (IARC) examining the links between second-hand smoke and cancer was subverted by an […]

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New guide shows 40% increase in pubs offering smoke-free areas

Thursday 06 April 2000 ASH/ Press releases/   102 Clifton Street,London EC2A 4HW Tel: (0207) 739 5902 Fax: (0207) 613 0531 Press Release and Photo Opportunity 6th April 2000 Embargo: 12 noon ASH Action on Smoking and Health The Star Inn, 37 Castle Road, Pucklechurch: 12 noon 6 April 2000 New guide shows 40% increase […]

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Tobacco smuggling: at last, a serious & proportional response

Wednesday 22 March 2000 ASH/ Press releases/   102 Clifton Street,London EC2A 4HW Tel: (0207) 739 5902 Fax: (0207) 613 0531 Press Release 22nd March 2000 ASH Action on Smoking and Health Tobacco smuggling – at last a serious and proportional response New measures and money to tackle tobacco smuggling mark a step change and […]

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Kids’ lungs harmed by tobacco in the womb

Tuesday 21 March 2000 ASH/ Press releases/   102 Clifton Street,London EC2A 4HW Tel: (0207) 739 5902 Fax: (0207) 613 0531 Press Release 21st March 2000 Embargo: 00:01 ASH Action on Smoking and Health Kids’ lungs harmed by cigarettes while still in the womb New research [1] published today shows that babies exposed to their […]

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Tobacco tax: budget is ‘just what the Doctor ordered’

Tuesday 21 March 2000 ASH/ Press releases/   102 Clifton Street,London EC2A 4HW Tel: (0207) 739 5902 Fax: (0207) 613 0531 Press Release – The Budget 21st March 2000 ASH Action on Smoking and Health Tobacco tax – budget is “just what the doctor ordered” Overall reaction. ASH applauded the Chancellor’s 5% real increase (about […]

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UK health groups call for radical tobacco tax budget

Thursday 16 March 2000 Press Release Pre-budget comment: 16th March 2000 ASH Action on Smoking and Health Over 40 health and medical organisations have combined to put their views on tobacco tax to the Chancellor. In Tobacco taxation in the 2000 budget[1], the groups call for: Continued tobacco duty increases to take the price of […]

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Smoking still the ‘poor relation’ in tackling heart disease

Monday 06 March 2000 ASH/ Press releases/   102 Clifton Street,London EC2A 4HW Tel: (0207) 739 5902 Fax: (0207) 613 0531 Press Release 6th March 2000 ASH Action on Smoking and Health Smoking still the ‘poor relation’ in tackling heart disease ASH today pushed the Government to place smoking at the centre of its heart […]

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