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New Years resolutions: a strategy for smokers: “Don’t quit smoking on New Years day,” says ASH

Monday 31 December 2001 “Don’t try to quit smoking on New Years day – it’s one of the worst days in the year to try it”. That is the advice that anti-tobacco campaigners ASH is giving to smokers wondering whether it would make a good New Years resolution. Unless smokers are already mentally prepared and […]

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Ministers swat away European Commission meddling on anti tobacco smuggling strategy

Tuesday 18 December 2001 ASH warned the European Commission to stop its attempts to undo the UK anti-smuggling strategy for tobacco [1]. Mr. Frits Bolkestein, Commissioner for the internal market, has threatened legal action against the government over its tough clampdown on bootleggers using the Channel ports.  Today the Customs and Excise responded to Mr. […]

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HM Customs press release rejecting Commission complaints about tobacco smuggling strategy

Tuesday 18 December 2001 HM Customs & Excise News release   PR 68 / 01     DATE:   18 December 2001  GOVERNMENT DETERMINED TO TACKLE SMUGGLING   The Government today spelt out its determination to continue cracking down on tobacco smuggling at the Channel ports, insisting that its fair and balanced approach was not aimed at the […]

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Dubai ambassador to London organised smuggling of BAT cigarettes – documents show

Monday 17 December 2001 17th December 2001 – immediate Dubai ambassador to London organised smuggling of BAT cigarettes Confidential British American Tobacco documents released today reveal that the United Arab Emirates ambassador to London has run a smuggling operation for British American Tobacco [1]   1n 1991, Easa Saleh Al-Gurg was awarded an honorary CBE […]

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Public health experts challenge ‘myopic’ medicine regulator over nicotine replacement products and smoking

Thursday 13 December 2001   Public health experts challenge ‘myopic’ medicine regulator over nicotine replacement products and smoking   LONDON & PRAGUE: the UK medicine regulator is under fire for creating unwarranted obstacles to wider use of nicotine replacement therapy and thereby promoting increased smoking – and the harm that goes with it.  In a […]

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New findings: Children are up to 6 times more likely to smoke if they see a lot of smoking on screen. ASH calls for ‘smoking’ films to get a 15 certificate.

Thursday 13 December 2001 Embargo: 00:01, Friday 14 December 2001 New Findings: Seeing smoking in films means children are more likely to smoke. ASH calls for ‘smoking’ films to be classed a “15”. Children who have watched a lot of smoking in films are up to 6 times more likely to be smokers themselves than […]

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Cigarettes on the internet: a new frontier for Big Tobacco

Monday 10 December 2001 ASH release: Embargo 00:01 Monday 10th December 2001   Cigarettes on the internet: a new frontier for Big Tobacco   New studies published today in the BMJ specialist journal Tobacco Control [1] argue that the internet is becoming the next frontier for tobacco marketing – a virtual place where tobacco companies […]

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BAT profits warning – reducing smuggling reduces profits

Wednesday 05 December 2001 ASH release BAT profits warning – reducing smuggling reduces profits 5th December 2001 immediate   British American Tobacco today announced a profits warning [1] and attributed this in part to the decision “to apply even more stringent criteria for the supply of products to trade customers, especially in the area of duty free […]

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‘If smoking was really dangerous, the Government wouldn’t let cigarettes be advertised’ say half of UK’s smokers

Tuesday 04 December 2001 About half of smokers (46%) think that smoking can’t really be all that dangerous, or the Government wouldn’t let cigarettes be advertised, according to a new survey conducted by ICM for public health campaigners ASH. In the same poll, a majority of both smokers (54%) and non-smokers (61%) felt that the […]

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Death-knell for ‘light’ cigarettes sounds as tobacco treaty negotiations accelerate in Geneva

Tuesday 27 November 2001 27 November 2001 – immediate   Death-knell for ‘light’ cigarettes sounds as tobacco treaty negotiations accelerate in Geneva   Geneva – Marlboro Lights may soon be a thing of the past -at least they wont be able to call them ‘light’.  Governments are set to agree a treaty that would place […]

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Row at WHO tobacco convention as ‘petulant’ European Union denies it is dragged down by Germany

Saturday 24 November 2001 – Immediate release   Geneva – A new row has broken today out in the tobacco policy negotiations in Geneva over the role of the EU and Germany in promoting the interests of the tobacco industry.  Once again the European Union is acting as a mechanism to reduce 15 countries to the […]

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NHS smoking services in danger – careless government may destroy successful public health initiative

Thursday 15 November 2001   NHS smoking services in danger – careless government may destroy successful public health initiative An  editorial in the BMJ[1] reveals that the government is in imminent danger of destroying one of the shining successes of its own public health policies – the smoking cessation services that have been established with […]

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GeneWatch release: Patent on life warning as links between Biotech companies and Japan Tobacco exposed

Monday 12 November 2001 Press Release – For immediate release: Monday 12th November 2001 GeneWatch UK warned today that granting patents on genes could lead to exclusive control over new treatments and medicines falling into the wrong hands. The warning came as GeneWatch and The Guardian newspaper revealed exclusive deals between two US biotech companies […]

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Japan tobacco tries to profit from smoking and cancer – controls rights to future lung cancer treatments based on genetic patents

Monday 12 November 2001 ASH release 12 November 2001 immediate   Japan tobacco tries toprofit from smoking and cancer – controls rights to future lung cancertreatments based on genetic patents   An international tobacco company is planning to profit from lung cancer, it has emerged today [1].   A new report by the genetic policy […]

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ASH and the British Dental Association join forces to mark Mouth Cancer Awareness Week.

Wednesday 07 November 2001 Action on Smoking and Health / British Dental Association press release     7 November 2001 Dentists join the fight against cancer Visiting a dentist might not be high on most people’s list of things they like to do, but a new health awareness campaign shows that it might just save […]

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