Press Releases



New big, bleak health warnings will encourage smokers to quit.

Monday 30 December 2002 ASH news release:  For immediate release:  Monday 30th  December 2002      New big, bleak health warnings will encourage smokers to quit    From 1st January 2003, all tobacco products sold in the UK will start to carry new stark health warnings on the front and back of packs.   As part […]

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European Court tobacco ruling gives green light to bigger, bleaker warnings and the ban on ‘light’ branding

Tuesday 10 December 2002 ASH news release:  For immediate release:  Tuesday 10th  December 2002        ECJ tobacco ruling puts health before trade     Reacting to the news that the European Court of Justice has upheld the Advocate General’s Opinion that the EU tobacco product directive is valid, Clive Bates, Director of ASH […]

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EU advertising directive has huge loophole – ASH lukewarm

Monday 02 December 2002 ASH news release:  Immediate release…  2 December 2002 ASH’s reaction to a new European Union directive on tobacco advertising was at best “lukewarm” – arguing that the measure has a giant loophole and may compromise national legislation by inviting challenges against stronger measures agreed nationally.  The directive bans ‘direct’ tobacco advertising […]

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Bar managers like smoke-free areas – nothing to fear from legislation, says ASH

Thursday 21 November 2002 ASH news release: For immediate release 21st November 2002   Bar managers like smoke-free areas – nothing to fear from legislation to protect workers from passive smoking, says ASH British pubs and restaurants have nothing to fear from proposals that would restrict smoking on their premises, according to a new study […]

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ASH praises Government strategy on health but the battle to curb smoking continues.

Wednesday 20 November 2002 ASH news release:  For immediate release  Wednesday 20th November 2002    ASH praises Government strategy on health but the battle to curb smoking continues     ASH has reacted enthusiastically to the Secretary of State for Health’s commitment to put public health, prevention, and health inequalities at the heart of its […]

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Licensed to kill: James Bond goes back to smoking

Sunday 17 November 2002 ASH release: 17 November 2002   Licensed to kill: Bond goes back to smoking   In a dreadful setback, James Bond has reverted to smoking on screen.  Despite cutting out smoking in earlier films starring Pierce Brosnan as 007, the new film, aptly titled “Die Another Day” has Bond smoking again. […]

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ASH to press for Bill outlawing passive smoking at work

Wednesday 06 November 2002 ASH news release:  Embargo: 10:30 Wednesday 6th November 2002 ASH will be contacting Members of Parliament seeking support for a private members bill that will protect workers from the harmful effects of passive smoking at work [1].   The bill could be put forward by an MP selected in the private members […]

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Government announces new strategy to tackle x-channel smuggling

Tuesday 29 October 2002 ASH news release:  immediate – 29 October 2002 The government has announced new thresholds for cross-channel shoppers – the indicative levels for cigarettes are to increase from 800 to 3200 and hand rolling tobacco from 1kg to 3kg. This means that shoppers can purchase about six months supply for their individual […]

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BAT’s Social report: an exercise in artful PR. ASH’s critique reveals flaws in BAT’s approach to corporate social responsibility.

Friday 25 October 2002 ASH news release:  Embargo:  00.01 Friday 25 October 2002 On the day that the BAT-sponsored Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility at Nottingham University hosts its first symposium [1] ASH is publishing a detailed critique [2] of BAT’s first social report launched in July this year. [3]. ASH believes that the private […]

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Big Health squares up to Big Tobacco, and tells Marlboro Man to butt out of smoking prevention campaigns

Thursday 24 October 2002 Press release: Embargo – 12.30pm Thursday 24 October 2002 Geneva – the world’s leading cancer, heart and lung organisations today issued a direct challenge to Philip Morris, British American Tobacco and Japan Tobacco International to stop their world-wide programme of youth anti-smoking campaigns.  This follows condemnation from of the campaigns from […]

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Tobacco advertising ban is a huge victory for public health.

Tuesday 22 October 2002 ASH news release:  Immediate release:  Tuesday 22 October 2002   Tobacco advertising ban is a huge victory for public health   As the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion bill reached its final stages, [1] ASH said the measure marked a major step forward in the campaign to reduce smoking.    ASH Research Manager […]

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Canadian waitress wins compensation after passive smoke gives her terminal lung cancer: ASH says don’t abandon UK workers to same fate.

Friday 11 October 2002 ASH news release:  11 October 2002   For immediate release In a landmark decision that could open the floodgates for claims in Canada, a 57-year-old former waitress has been awarded workers compensation after developing terminal lung cancer caused by decades of exposure to passive smoke. [1] Heather Crowe, who had never smoked, […]

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Britain’s workers demand the right to smoke-free workplaces: Government inertia hits two year mark.

Saturday 05 October 2002 ASH news release:  Embargo: 00:01 Saturday 5 October 2002 Britain’s workers say their right to a smoke-free working environment far outweighs the right of people to smoke. The six to one ratio in favour of this basic right is revealed in a new survey for Action on Smoking and Health and […]

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Cigarette regulation – European Advocate General delivers opinion in favour of health and slap in the face to tobacco companies

Tuesday 10 September 2002 ASH news release:  Immediate Tuesday 10th September 2002 The prospect of larger health warnings, a ban on misleading ‘light branding’, and full disclosure of additives in cigarettes came one step closer to reality today.  The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice delivered a formal opinion [1] arguing that the […]

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Just a puff can lead to nicotine addiction. Children can get hooked at very low levels of exposure.

Thursday 29 August 2002 ASH news release:  Embargo: 0.01 29 August 2002      Children who experiment with smoking can very quickly get hooked on nicotine and it only takes a few cigarettes to turn them into regular smokers, a new study has found. [1]  Two other studies published today show that smoking by peers […]

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