Press Releases



Government calls for reduction in tobacco additives demonstrates need for separate tobacco regulatory authority

Monday 16 July 2001       For immediate release: Monday 16th July 2001   Government demand for reduction in tobacco additives underlines need for greater tobacco regulation     Responding to the Government’s call for the tobacco industry to remove harmful additives from cigarettes ASH said that this underlined the need for a Tobacco Regulatory […]

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Price-fixing: The Economist reveals BAT, RJR

Thursday 05 July 2001 Embargo: 00:01 Friday 6th July 2001 BAT documents show international price fixing talks with competitors – Kenneth Clarke must investigate, DTI must act More damning evidence of corporate malpractice emerges today as The Economist highlights documents revealing that British American Tobacco was engaged in price fixing negotiations with its competitors in […]

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Kenneth Clarke for Conservative leader? ASH says he is soiled by his association with BAT

Tuesday 26 June 2001 Immediate: 26 June 2001 As Kenneth Clarke announced his candidacy for the Conservative party leadership, ASH claimed that his reputation was so badly soiled by association with BAT, for which he is paid £100,000 per year as deputy chairman, that he had lost the right to hold high office. Clive Bates, […]

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Quitting smoking made easier as high street pharmacies offer NRT on the NHS

Thursday 21 June 2001 **embargoed until 00.01am 21st June 2001 ** There is good news for smokers trying to quit with the announcement that nicotine therapies are soon to be available through high street pharmacies on the NHS, without having to go to the doctor. The Pharmacy Healthcare Scheme (PHS) today launches a guidance document […]

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Tobacco Advertising ban U-turn: ASH & senior Labour MP join to condemn Government decision

Wednesday 20 June 2001   Immediate: Wednesday 20 June 2001   Tobaccoad-ban U-turn: ASH and senior MP join to condemn Government’s decision   A senior Labour MP today joined ASH and other health groups in condemning the Government’s decision to delay the Bill to ban tobacco advertising. ASH described this as ‘negligent and hypocritical backsliding’, […]

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Letter to Alan Milburn, Secretary of State for Health: ASH expresses case for reversing delays to the advertising ban

Monday 18 June 2001   Rt.Hon Alan Milburn MP Secretary of State for Health Richmond House 79 Whitehall London SW1A2NL   Dea rMr Milburn   Re: reported delay to the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill   I am writing following reports in the press that the Government is planning not to reintroduce the Tobacco Advertising […]

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Ministers’ views on banning tobacco advertising: a selection of quotes showing strong support

Monday 18 June 2001 Ministers’ Views on Tobacco Advertising – How they have changed!   26 June 2001   The Government has shelved legislation to ban tobacco advertising,legislation which was a manifesto commitment in both 1997 and 2001. Ministers now say that this legislation has been lost because it is a lower priority than other […]

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Government reportedly delays advertising ban: reaction from leaders of health & medical organisations

Sunday 17 June 2001 Action on Smokingand Health Pressrelease: immediate Sunday 17th June 2001   Tobacco advertising ban:reaction from health and medical organisations on the reports that the government is to delay the ban on tobacco advertising   It has been reported (in the Sunday Times, 17 June 2001) that the government is to exclude […]

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Buying cheap cigarettes on the internet: an ASH survey shows it is more risky than you might think

Wednesday 13 June 2001 Embargo:  00.01Wednesday 13 June 2001 Websites claiming to offer cigarettes at duty free prices don’t live up to their promises, and often take credit card details without delivering anything in return, according a new survey out today. This survey, conducted by ASH, showed that most internet sites claiming to offer smokers […]

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Tobacco verdict: $3 billion hammer blow to Philip Morris in largest ever individual damages

Thursday 07 June 2001 Late News: 7 June 2001 00:20 Tobacco verdict: $3 billion hammer blow for Philip Morris   A jury in Los Angeles, California has found that Philip Morris is liable for the lung cancer that will kill plaintiff Richard Boeken.  The jury awarded Mr. Boeken $5.54 million in compensatory and $3 billion […]

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New guidance will restore confidence & save lives: ASH backs Zyban

Friday 01 June 2001   Immediate Release: Friday 1 June,  2001   New guidance for Zyban should restore confidence and save lives   The anti-smoking drug Zyban will be a lifesaver, literally, for many smokers ­ and we want to see it widely but carefully used. Over 400,000 people have now used Zyban in the UK and […]

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New research reveals parents’ ignorance of the health impact of passive smoking on children

Thursday 31 May 2001 Embargo:  00.01 hrs. :  Thursday 31 May  2001 ­World No Tobacco Day New research shows that parents are ignorant of the health risks to children of passive smoking, putting at risk the two in five children who live in a household with at least one smoker. [1] In a survey conducted […]

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A good start – but could do better: ASH verdict on EU tobacco ad ban

Wednesday 30 May 2001   For Immediate release: Wednesday30 May  2001   “A good start, but could do better”: ASH’s verdicton EU Tobacco Ad-ban.   A new European Directive, which would place some restrictions on the advertising of tobacco, was given a cautious welcome today by public health groups.  The Directive was published by the […]

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BMJ Editor resigns from Nottingham University over BAT blood money

Friday 18 May 2001 Embargo: 00:01 Friday 18 May  2001 ASH applauded the decision of Richard Smith,­ editor of the British Medical Journal, to resign from his post as professor of medical journalism at Nottingham University in protest at the University’s decision to accept £3.8 million sponsorship from British American Tobacco.  BAT is funding an […]

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EU turns the screw on tobacco: new warnings, gory pictures, ban on ‘light’ branding, additive disclosure, tar limits

Tuesday 15 May 2001   Immediate Release: Wed 15 May  2001   Bigger betterwarnings, gory pictures, a ban on ‘lights’, disclosure of additives, new  limits on tar  ­ EU turns the screw on tobacco   New measures regulating tobacco in the European Union finally became lawtoday as the European Parliament voted to adopt a <ahref=”http: www.ash.org.uk=”” […]

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