Press Releases



On 2 November, the House of Lords debated a Private Member’s Bill to ban tobacco advertising. ASH calls for Government to give this Bill the support it needs to become law.

Friday 02 November 2001 Peers call for tobacco ad-ban, but will the Government listen? ASH press release: immediate release  Friday 2 November 2001 The House of Lords today overwhelmingly backed a Private Member’s Bill which would ban tobacco advertising in the UK. 80% of Peers who spoke during the debate -19 out of 24 – […]

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Analyst reveals truth about tobacco companies’ international marketing code – it’s a sham.

Thursday 01 November 2001 Action on Smoking and Health (London) press release Embargo: Thursday 1st November 2001 Indiscreet stock analyst reveals truth about tobacco companies’ new international marketing code – it’s a sham A tobacco stock analyst has privately revealed that a global marketing code proposed by BAT, Philip Morris and Japan Tobacco International is […]

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European Commission sides with tobacco smugglers against UK Customs

Wednesday 24 October 2001 ASH release Immediate 24 October 2001   European Commission sides with tobacco smugglers against UK Customs   ASH condemned the move by the European Commission to challenge the efforts of UK Customs to control the scourge of bootlegging [1]as “another case of free-trade zealots trying undermine public health policy”and offered a […]

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Zyban is an essential aid to stopping smoking: ASH calls on the Committee for the Safety of Medicine to show its support.

Wednesday 26 September 2001 For immediate release: Wednesday 26 September 2001 Zyban is an essential aid to stopping smoking: CSM should show its unequivocal support In response to the request by Eddie Weston, whose daughter died whilst taking Zyban, for the drug to be banned, ASH called on the Committee for the Safety of Medicine […]

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Official survey shows public want action on passive smoking: government out of step and dithering

Monday 24 September 2001 ASH release Immediate 24 September 2001   Official survey shows public want action on passive smoking: government out of step and dithering   New figures from the Office for National Statistics [1] show rising concern about passive smoking and over 80% of adults wanting restrictions on smoking at work, in public […]

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Nicotine vaccine goes on trial – profound development says ASH, if it can be made to work

Monday 10 September 2001 ASH press release   Monday 10 September 2001   Nicotine vaccine – profound development   Responding to news of trials of a nicotine vaccine by Xenova: http://www.xenova.co.uk/press/docs/pr100901.htm   Clive Bates, Director of ASH responded enthusiastically:   “A nicotine vaccine would be a profound development, which would effectively become one of the […]

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BAT uses covert web site – citygobo.com – to push cigs to clubbers and pub-goers. ASH responds with “alternative and truthful” citygobo2 site

Sunday 09 September 2001 ASH press release – Sunday 9 September 2001 BAT uses covert web site to push cigs to clubbers – ASH responds with ‘alternative and truthful’ site British American Tobacco has set up a web site to give listing of bars, clubs and nightlife with the real – but hidden purpose – […]

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New research shows that smokers are less productive at work. ASH calls for Government to bring in long-delayed guidance on smoking at work.

Tuesday 04 September 2001 ASH press release   Embargo: 00:01 Wednesday 5 September 2001     Smokers are less productive: ASH calls on Government to act on passive smoking at work.   In response to new research published today showing that smokers take 3 times more sick leave than non-smokers and are less productive when […]

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Passive smoking at work damages lung function – government must stop dithering on worker protection

Thursday 16 August 2001 ASH press release   Embargo: 00:01 Thursday 16th August 2001   Passive smoking at work damages lung function – time to end government dithering on protection for workers   Non-smoking workers exposed to passive smoking at work suffer up to 10 percent reduced lung function. A study of 300 employees in Glasgow […]

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ASH Opinion poll shows ghost of Ecclestone still haunts Labour

Wednesday 15 August 2001 Embargo:  00.01 hrs. :  Wednesday 15 August 2001   Ghost of Ecclestone still haunts Government as health groups call for tobacco ad-ban.   Anew opinion poll published today shows that around half of people (48%) believe that the Government has delayed legislation to ban tobacco advertising because of lobbying by the […]

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The Truth behind Big Tobacco’s ‘Ethical Marketing’ claims.

Wednesday 15 August 2001   Immediate :  Wednesday 15 August 2001   The Truth behind Big Tobacco’s claims to “Ethical Marketing”   ASH today dismissed reports that the world’s three biggest tobacco companies are drawing up plans to restrict advertising and marketing as as nothing more than a cynical and predictable PR ploy.   British […]

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Smuggling keeps the poor smoking; tobacco companies keep the smugglers busy – comment on study published in BMJ

Friday 27 July 2001 ASH press release   Embargo: 00:01 Friday 27 July 2001   Smuggling keeps the poor smoking; tobacco companies keep the smugglers busy   A new study published in the British Medical Journal  shows that low-income smokers regard the support for helping them to quit to be inadequate, and a justification for […]

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Government figures show decline in teenage smoking has stalled – ASH points to delays in tobacco policy

Thursday 26 July 2001   Immediate: Thursday 26th July 2001   Decline in youth smoking stalls: government to blame for go-slow on tobacco policy   ASH said it was disappointed that the decline in youth smoking observed since 1996 appears to have stalled after 1999, but blamed the government for dragging its feet on tobacco […]

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30 minutes of passive serious acute impact on blood flow – government dithers over policy – London Assembly to investigate

Tuesday 24 July 2001 Action on Smoking and Health Embargo: 15:00 US Central Time [21:00 BST] Tuesday 24 July 2001   Government dithers while passive smoking clogs healthy hearts – world expert visits London Assembly   Following a new study [1] showing that 30 minutes of passive smoking exposure can have a substantial impact on […]

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Tobacco Disclosure Bill will reveal Big Tobacco’s dirty secrets

Tuesday 17 July 2001 For immediate release: Tuesday 17thJuly 2001 The Rt. Hon Frank Dobson MP, ex Secretary of State for Health, will tonight join the growing calls for adequate regulation of the UK tobacco industry. Dobson, will address a meeting of MPs at the All Party Group on Smoking and Health and unveil his […]

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