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Tobacco companies, cigarette smuggling & organised crime

Sunday 04 March 2001 Immediate Sun 4th March 2001 A stunning investigative report on tobacco industry involvement in cigarette smuggling and links to organised crime has just been published (Sunday 4th March) by the Washington-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). The full report covers the activities of BAT, Philip Morris, RJ Reynolds and others […]

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Smoking causes lost recruits during military training: Armed forces join the No-Smoking Day effort

Tuesday 27 February 2001   Embargo: 00:01 Tues 27 February 2001:   US military losesover 4,000 recruits to smoking ­ but British armed forces dealing with smokingimpact on operational effectiveness   Smokersare more likely to drop out of military training and therefore increase theoverall annual cost of training military personnel – by US$130 million per […]

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ASH presses British Board of Film Classification to take account of smoking

Tuesday 27 February 2001 Robin Duvall Director, British Board of Film Classification 3 Soho Square London W1V 6HD   <spanstyle=’font-size:11.0pt;’>26 February 2001   Dear Mr Duvall   I am writing to bring your attention to newresearch, which will be published tomorrow in the British Medical Journal’s TobaccoControl publication. This research demonstrates that adolescents whosmoke are […]

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Smoking by famous actors influences teenage fans

Tuesday 27 February 2001 Embargo: 00:01 Tues 27 February 2001 The on-screen smoking of famous actors such as Leonardo Di Caprio, Sharon Stone and John Travolta influences smoking among their teenage fans. A new study[1] published today shows that adolescents that smoke are more likely to have favourite actors that smoke on screen. The finding supports […]

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ASH scornful of tobacco industry calls for reduced tobacco tax to tackle smuggling

Tuesday 20 February 2001   20February 2001: 00:01   Tobacco industry calls for reduced taxes to tacklesmuggling – “it will increase smoking, reduce revenue and, most of all, itwont work” says ASH.   Asthe tobacco industry today visits the Treasury to press its case for a U-turnon tobacco tax policy, ASH warns the Chancellor to […]

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The BBC’s Money Programme looks at tobacco smuggling: ASH asks – who is behind the mafia connection?

Wednesday 14 February 2001   14February 2001: immediate   Tobacco smuggling: Who is behind the mafiaconnection?   Inadvance of tonight’s Money Programme about tobacco smuggling, ASH said thatquestions needed to be asked about the involvement of the UK tobacco companiesin this activity.   Whilst it isexpected that the programme will point to Mafia involvement in […]

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Cost of dealing with passive smoking proves negligible: study suggests over-hyping by opponents

Tuesday 27 February 2001 Embargo: 00:01 Tues 27 February 2001 Impact of law on smoking at work and in restaurants found to be negligible despite doom-mongering and hype by opponents The actual impact of a law regulating smoking inbusinesses and restaurants in Quebec was both negligible and far lower than theperceived or expected impact suggesting […]

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Tobacco ad ban: new research shows importance of water-tight laws

Friday 02 March 2001 Embargo: 00:01 Friday 2 March 2001     Tobacco ad-ban ­ new research shows importance ofwater-tight laws.   Tobacco companies are reaching underage smokers through sophisticatedmarketing schemes which may escape the Government’s tobacco advertising ban ifthe industry can insert enough loopholes in the legislation, according to a newstudy published today in […]

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Teenage smoking going up says Julie Burchill: wrong again!

Saturday 03 February 2001   To: Guardian Weekend From: Clive Bates, ASH Date: 3rd February 2001   Dear Guardian Weekend Oops!  Julie Burchill is wrong again. Teenage smoking is not rising, it has actually fallen sharply since 1996 – probably in response to the Chancellor’s steady price increases, and possibly because of the dramatic rise […]

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Tobacco policy in crisis? smoking on the rise? tax cuts needed? It must be the pre-budget tobacco industry spin season!

Saturday 27 January 2001   27 January 2001: immediate   Tobacco policy incrisis? Smoking on the rise? Tax cuts needed? – it must be the pre-Budget tobaccoindustry spin season   ASH responded wearily to reports in today’s Daily Mailof a rise in smoking in Britain driven by the Chancellor’s policy of raisingtobacco taxes.  Clive Bates, […]

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Tobacco Ad Bill will save lives, but Flat-Earth Tories ignore evidence & press for more death & disease

Monday 22 January 2001   22 January 2001: immediate   Tobaccoad bill will save thousands of lives – but flat-earth Tories ignore theevidence and press for more death and disease The Conservative party appears to bereverting to its bad old pro-tobacco anti-health posture and is opposing theGovernment’s plan to ban tobacco advertising. Despite receiving a <ahref=”http: […]

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Product placement in films shows tobacco companies still up to their old marketing tricks

Friday 05 January 2001 Tobacco brands are still appearing in American films despite a voluntary ban on paid product placement agreed in 1988. A study published in The Lancet shows that the endorsement of popular cigarette brands by actors in the US film industry has increased since the introduction of the product placement ban. [1] […]

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