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Victory for tobacco control campaigners sued for unearthing tobacco industry mole.

Monday 15 December 2003 ASH news release: For immediate release: Monday 15 December 2003 Health campaigners worldwide are today celebrating the Swiss court’s dismissal of libel claims made against two tobacco control campaigners who had accused an academic of being in the pay of the tobacco industry. Researchers Pascal Diethelm and Dr Jean-Charles Rielle had […]

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Lancet Article on Smoking Ban: Comment

Friday 05 December 2003 ASH News Release: Immediate Release: Friday 5th December 2003   Lancet Article on Smoking Ban: Comment   ASH does not support the Lancet article’s call for an outright smoking ban.   If we could go back in time four hundred years, it would be better for the world if tobacco had […]

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Secondhand Smoke: Time for a Law

Tuesday 25 November 2003 ASH News Release   Immediate Release: Tuesday 25th November 2003   Secondhand Smoke: Time for a Law   ASH today warmly welcomed the call by the presidents of Britain’s Royal Colleges of medicine for a legal ban on secondhand smoke. The call follows press reports that the Government is reluctant to […]

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Warning: Craig David could be bad for your health

Saturday 22 November 2003 ASH news release:  Embargo: 00:01 Saturday 22 November 2003 ASH is today urging all UK musicians to ensure that their tours are not used by the tobacco industry to promote cigarette to young fans. ASH’s call comes after R&B singer Craig David went ahead with some legs of his recent STYA […]

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Imperial Tobacco twists and burns

Friday 21 November 2003 ASH news release:  Immediate: Friday 21 November 2003 An ad for Imperial Tobacco’s Rizla cigarette papers has been banned by the Advertising Standards  Agency for promoting drug use. It featured a packet of cigarette papers that was twisted at one end; the logo on the packet stated “BURN +.”  The ASA […]

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Imperial Tobacco’s behaviour despicable say ASH

Tuesday 11 November 2003 ASH news release:  Embargo: 00:01 Tuesday 11th November 2003   Imperial Tobacco’s behaviour despicable say ASH ASH today launched an attack on the despicable behaviour of tobacco giant Imperial in dragging out its court case with Margaret McTear. The case against Imperial is likely to last 20 weeks as Imperial are […]

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BAT bows out of Burma

Thursday 06 November 2003 ASH news release: Embargo: Immediate 6 November 2003 ASH today congratulated The Burma Campaign on securing British American Tobacco’s departure from Myanmar (Burma). BAT has announced that it has signed an agreement for the sale of its share in the Rothmans of Pall Mall Myanmar Pte Limited [1], effectively ceasing operations […]

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Tobacco lobby to public: keep on choking

Monday 27 October 2003 ASH news release:  Immediate –  Monday 27th October 2003 ASH has condemned today’s survey on public attitudes to secondhand smoke, published by the Tobacco Manufacturers Association, as ”the usual self-serving tobacco lobby propaganda” . [1] The survey suggested that only a minority of the public favoured bans on smoking in pubs, […]

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Blow to bootleggers welcomed – but what about the Big Boys?

Monday 20 October 2003 ASH news release:  Embargo: 00:01 Monday 20th October 2003 ASH has congratulated the French authorities for increasing tobacco taxes by a fifth as of today, saying that the measure was a step in the right direction and in the best interest of health. ASH said that they were aware that the […]

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Restaurant Trade to Kids: ‘Eat and Choke’

Monday 06 October 2003 Embargo: 00.01hrs Monday 6th October 2003 Where can your kids go out to eat without having poison blown in their faces? [1] Not very many places, according to a new survey of major restaurant chains released today by the health campaigning pressure group ASH (Action on Smoking and Health). On 17 […]

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Craig David – Penang’s Pied Piper?

Friday 03 October 2003 ASH news release:  Immediate –  3 October 2003 Craig David, one of the UK’s leading R&B and Hip Hop artists, has roused the wrath of anti-tobacco campaigners by allowing Japan Tobacco International (JTI) to muscle in on his STYA (Slicker Than Your Average) Tour [1]. Craig David is currently on the […]

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Smoke-free successes in North America provide a lesson for the UK

Tuesday 23 September 2003 ASH news release:  For immediate use:  Tuesday 23 September 2003   Smoke-free successes in North America provide a lesson for the UK   Smoke-free bars and restaurants are a hit with customers and staff,  new research from the United States shows.   And gloomy forecasts about loss of trade from the tobacco […]

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Tobacco industry deceit on low tar cigarettes revealed

Monday 22 September 2003 ASH news release:  Embargo: 10:30 am  Monday 22 September 2003 A new TV advertising campaign, launched today by Cancer Research UK, will show how smokers have been conned into believing that low tar cigarettes are less dangerous than standard cigarettes.  The campaign launch coincides with the introduction of a new European […]

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Artist protest forces BAT to withdraw sponsorship

Friday 19 September 2003 ASH news release:  Immediate release 19 September 2003 A London artist has single-handedly forced giant tobacco company BAT to withdraw from an art exhibition. Despite new restrictions on tobacco sponsorship of sports and cultural events, BAT had attempted to sponsor a London arts exhibition. Ironically, the exhibition is entitled ‘We love […]

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Formula One ‘blackmailers’ threaten global tobacco treaty

Wednesday 10 September 2003 For Immediate Use: Wednesday 10th September 2003 As teams prepare for the Italian Grand prix at Monza this weekend, new evidence has emerged to show that Formula One is still trying to press Governments around the world to allow tobacco sponsorship of motor racing to continue. Formula One is the world’s […]

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