Press Releases



Tobacco sales to children: 1 in 8 retailers still breaking the law.

Thursday 22 August 2002 ASH Press release:   22nd August 2002 One in eight retailers is regularly breaking the law by selling cigarettes to children under 16, a Government commissioned survey has found.  [1] The survey of action taken by trading standard officers to enforce the law on tobacco sales also found that almost 3,000 premises […]

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Just 3 cigarettes a day is enough to trigger heart disease: women are particularly at risk.

Thursday 15 August 2002 ASH Press release: Embargo: 00.01 15th August 2002 Just 3 cigarettes a day is enough to trigger heart disease: women are particularly at risk. Light smokers are still at risk of getting heart disease, even if they don’t inhale the smoke, a new study has found.  Women are particularly at risk, […]

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How Big Tobacco uses and abuses the restaurant trade – new web site: TobaccoScam

Tuesday 06 August 2002 ASH Press release: 6th August 2002 How Big Tobacco uses and abuses the restaurant industry:  New website documents manipulation of restaurant trade TobaccoScam, a new US website, targets what it calls a 20-year, multi-million dollar effort by the tobacco industry to manipulate the restaurant industry as a political front to defeat […]

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Smoking in the workplace: Government procrastinates while workers die.

Friday 26 July 2002 ASH news release: Embargo: 00:01 Friday 26th July 2002 Scientists have today made the most compelling argument yet for smoking to be restricted in workplaces – yet on current form it would be no surprise if government ignores the advice. Making workplaces a smoke free environment would not only prevent thousands […]

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BAT social responsibility report – like the Mafia at church, says ASH.

Wednesday 03 July 2002 ASH news release:  3 July 2002  For immediate release    As BAT prepares to launch its first social responsibility report, ASH has published a critique of BAT’s ethical performance.    ASH’s review:  BAT – The Other Report to Society [1] highlights aspects of BAT’s activities which we believe should form the core […]

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Fears over passive smoking danger in the spotlight again

Wednesday 19 June 2002 ASH news release: <spanstyle=”mso-spacerun: spanstyle=”” mso-spacerun:”=””>19 June 2002 For immediate release On the same day that fresh scientific evidence about the health risks from passive smoking is released, new national statistics reveal more people in the UK want smoking to be restricted in workplaces, pubs, restaurants and public places. A new study [1] […]

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ASH backs Dobson Tobacco Disclosure Bill

Friday 18 January 2002       IMMEDIATE   ASHbacks Dobson Bill on Tobacco Industry Disclosure.   Healthcampaigners ASH today backed a Private Members Bill from former HealthSecretary Frank Dobson, which would by law give the public access to tobaccocompanies’ internal documents. Mr Dobson’s Tobacco Disclosure Bill, which willbe debated today in the House of […]

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FIFA challenged over tobacco sponsorship of of Euro2000 TV coverage

Wednesday 31 May 2000 ASH news release: 31st  May 2000 – World No Tobacco Day   FIFA challenged over tobacco sponsorship of Euro2000 TV coverage ASH is using World No Tobacco Day to challenge FIFA, the international federation of football associations, to act to prevent tobacco companies from using televised coverage of international football matches […]

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World No Tobacco Day: BAT weasels its way into World Cup. 180 organisation say ‘butt out’

Friday 31 May 2002 World No Tobacco Day – 31 May 2002 Over 180 non-governmental organisations [1] have hit out against British American Tobacco (BAT), which has managed to weasel their way into continuing its sponsorship of the television broadcasting of the World Cup to Malaysia despite efforts by FIFA to make this years’ World […]

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Hospitality trade in pocket of tobacco industry.

Wednesday 29 May 2002 ASH news release: Embargo: 00:01 Wednesday 29th May   Hospitality Trade in the Pocket of Tobacco Industry says New Research New evidence from the USA [1] has shown tobacco industry manipulation of the hospitality industry to maintain smoking in public places. ASH claims that the hospitality trade in Britain is blocking […]

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BAT uses World Cup, English Premier League and top British players to promote smoking in third world

Thursday 23 May 2002 ASH news release: Thursday 23rd May 2002 Tobacco giant sidesteps FIFA to muscle in on World Cup … and uses Premier League superstars and FA Cup to push Dunhill cigarettes in third world Despite FIFA’s strict policy of keeping the World Cup out of the grasp of the tobacco industry, British […]

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Imperial profits from smuggling – ASH calls for an inquiry

Thursday 02 May 2002 ASH news release:  immediate Thursday 2nd May 2002 To coincide with Imperial Tobacco’s record financial results announced today, ASH has called for a parliamentary inquiry into how the company makes its money. Simple calculations based on HM Customs figures and Imperial’s market share show that for every 20 cigarettes it sells legally, 7 Imperial […]

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Smokers less likely to have boys – sperm damage blamed

Friday 19 April 2002 ASH news release:  19 April 2002 immediate A new study of almost 12,000 infants and their parents shows that smokers are more likely to have baby girls than boys and that damage to sperm is the likely cause [1][2]. The researchers found the sex ratio was 1.21 boys to every girl […]

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Tobacco: Wanless delivers, Chancellor doesn’t

Wednesday 17 April 2002 ASH Budget news release:  Wednesday 17th April 2002 The Chancellor has continued a freeze in real terms on tobacco tax (increasing the price of 20 cigarettes by 6p)- ASH was hoping for a more strategic approach to tobacco pricing and to have 2p in the pound channelled back to smokers to […]

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NICE guidance gives boost to smoking cessation drugs

Thursday 11 April 2002 ASH news release:  Embargo: 11:00 Thursday 11th April 2002   New guidance by NICE [1] will bring the treatment of addiction to tobacco into the NHS mainstream.  The review shows that the main smoking cessation treatments – nicotine replacement therapy and bupropion (Zyban) – are incredibly cost effective and represent extremely […]

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