Press Releases



BAT faces litigation Armageddon after document shredding leads to collapse of Australian cancer case

Thursday 11 April 2002 ASH news release:  11th April 2002 immediate   A court in Australia has thrown out BAT’s entire defence in a lung cancer case after the lawyers acting for the victim, showed that BAT had sabotaged the case by destroying documents as recently as 1998.   The 51-year old lung cancer sufferer, Mrs […]

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Tobacco tax: 20 health groups call on Brown to put 2p in the pound into helping low-income smokers to quit

Wednesday 10 April 2002 ASH news release:  Embargo: 00:01 Wednesday 10th April 2002 Over 20 health organisations have written to the Treasury to demand that more tobacco tax is spent on helping low-income smokers to quit [1]. The groups say that for tobacco tax to be fair, smokers must be given every possible help to […]

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1,000 Londoners die from passive smoking – GLA calls for workplace code (ACoP)

Wednesday 10 April 2002 ASH news release:  Embargo: 00:01 Wednesday 10th April 2002 GLA backs workplace passive smoking code The Greater London Assembly has endorsed a package of measures to reduce passive smoking in the capital [1].  The GLA took extensive evidence from ASH [2] arguing that passive smoking amounts to a serious health hazard […]

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Tobacco ad-ban a near-certainty this year as government backs Lords bill

Friday 15 March 2002 ASH news release:  Immediate 15 March 2002 Responding to the news this afternoon that the government is to back a Lords private members bill (Lord Tim Clement Jones, Lib Dem) banning tobacco advertising, John Connolly, Public Affairs Manager at ASH said: “This was the crucial hurdle – if the government hadn’t […]

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No Smoking Day release – sheer misery of smoking, in smokers’ own words + new web site…

Wednesday 13 March 2002 News release: Embargo 00.01 – Wednesday 13 March 2002 The vast majority of smokers, from age 16 onwards, are deeply unhappy about their smoking. Health, expense and addiction top the list of reasons they give, but many also express feelings of disgust and social stigma as a result of their smoking. Smokers’ […]

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No Smoking Day ASH comment – smokers sick of it and wanting to quit. Hints and tips for those that want out…

Wednesday 13 March 2002 ASH news release:  Embargo: 00:01 Wednesday 13th March 2002 Most smokers are sick of smoking and want out according to a new report based on a survey commissioned by ASH and the No Smoking Day charity [1]. 83% of smokers say they would not smoke if they had their time again […]

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Smokers: disillusioned with smoking and over-optimistic about quitting. New survey published in BMJ.

Friday 08 March 2002   News release:  Embargo: 00:01 Friday 8th March 2002 Smokers are deeply disillusioned with smoking but also are highly over-optimistic about whether they are likely to quit, and how long it will take. The vast majority of smokers (83%) would not smoke if they had their time again.   Over half of […]

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40 Fatal Years – 5 million dead. The 40th anniversary of the RCP 1962 report Smoking and Health.

Thursday 07 March 2002 EMBARGOED UNTIL 7.00 AM THURSDAY 7 MARCH 2002 Forty years ago on 7th March 1962 the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) warned the government of the day about the dangers of tobacco-related death and disease by publishing its ground breaking report ‘Smoking and Health‘.  Since that time over five million premature […]

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Tobacco boss says don’t smoke – ASH comments

Friday 01 March 2002 ASH news release:  Immediate Friday 1st March 2002 In an interview in today’s Times, the Chairman of BAT, Martin Broughton, advises against smoking and says he would be concerned if his kids smoked: Clive Bates, Director of the anti-tobacco campaigning group ASH, said: “At home he wants to be the model […]

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US judge throws out European Union tobacco smuggling racketeering case on a technicality

Tuesday 19 February 2002 19th February – immediate Reacting to the news that an US judge has dismissed the European Union’s racketeering case against American tobacco companies, ASH expressed dismay that technicalities once again have protected tobacco companies from justice for their outrageous and lawless actions. The cases alleged that major tobacco companies operate a […]

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MPs condemn government indifference to childminder smoking

Wednesday 13 February 2002 EMBARGO: 00.01 THURSDAY 14TH FEBRUARY The health of young children is being put at serious risk by government failure to protect them from childminders’ second hand tobacco smoke.  A Select Committee Report [1] on “the work of OFSTED” today roundly criticised the current inadequate National Standards that allow childminders to smoke […]

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Death of Princess Margaret – the reality of smoking

Saturday 09 February 2002 Immediate: Saturday 9th February 2002 Death of Princess Margaret – the reality of smoking Princess Margaret has almost certainly died as a result of her smoking.  Though many non-smokers also suffer strokes, the risk is considerably increased in smokers, especially heavy smokers.  ASH sent its sympathies to the bereaved, including our […]

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‘Defensive and reactionary’ Imperial Tobacco face hard questions at AGM

Tuesday 05 February 2002    Imperial Tobacco to face hard questions from shareholders over profit from smuggling. Despite increased profits this year, Imperial Tobacco faces a tricky time in the coming months as concerns continue to grow regarding its alleged complicity in profiting from tobacco smuggling, and the revelation that this might leave Directors open […]

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Roger Scruton high priest of the libertarian right defrocked and exposed as ‘grimy hack’ for tobacco industry

Thursday 24 January 2002 24th January 2002 (updated 29th April 2002 with news coverage links) Professor Roger Scruton is exposed as a tobacco industry stooge.  The high priest philosopher of the British libertarian right [1] and, it seems, covert PR hack for the tobacco industry at £4,500 per month.  A leaked e-mail (download memo as […]

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Shock picture cigarette health warnings have ‘amazing impact’ in Canada

Wednesday 09 January 2002 Embargo: 12:00 midday Wednesday 9th January, 2002 An evaluation of new colour picture health warnings [1] has shown they have had an amazing impact on smokers in Canada – and have become a significant factor in smokers’ decisions about quitting. Under an EU directive similar picture warnings may arrive on packets […]

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