Press Releases



Chief Medical Officer recommends banning smoking in public places: ASH calls on government to act now.

Thursday 03 July 2003 ASH news release: For immediate release: Thursday 3rd July 2003 At the launch of his annual report this morning the Chief Medical Officer called on the government to ban smoking in public places. [1] ASH believes this signifies a major step forward in the campaign to protect people from secondhand smoke. […]

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ASH congratulates government for signing historic tobacco treaty

Monday 16 June 2003 ASH news release:  For immediate release:  Monday 16th June 2003    ASH congratulates Government for signing Historic Tobacco Treaty  When the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control [1] opened for signing today in Geneva the UK, as part of the EU, was there to sign. ASH welcomes the commitment shown by the […]

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ASH slams Pubs Smoking Charter

Thursday 29 May 2003 ASH news release:  For immediate release  –  Thursday 29 May 2003   ASH calls on the Government to withdraw its endorsement of the Public Places Charter following failure of Charter to meet smoking targets   Pubs and restaurants have failed to meet targets set by the government to increase smoking restrictions, […]

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ASH congratulates Government for signing up to taking action on Secondhand Smoke

Friday 23 May 2003 ASH news release:  For immediate release 23 May 2003 ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) welcomes the news that the British Government is, with fellow EU member states, committed to being among the first to sign and ratify the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) so that it can be brought […]

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Global Treaty signed today on weapons of mass destruction

Wednesday 21 May 2003 ASH news release:  For immediate release:  Wednesday 21st May 2003   Global  Treaty signed today on weapons of mass destruction   Today the first ever global public health treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) was adopted by the World Health Assembly in Geneva. Three weeks ago the US tried […]

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Tobacco Industry-funded study casts doubt on passive smoking deaths - no surprises there, says ASH.

Friday 16 May 2003 ASH news release:  Embargo: 00:01 Friday 16th May 2003   A study published today in the British Medical Journal casts doubt on the evidence that passive smoking  causes deaths from heart disease and lung cancer.[1] However, an accompanying editorial[2] suggests the authors “may have over emphasised the negative nature of their […]

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Tobacco industry thwarting progress on smoke-free public places

Saturday 10 May 2003 ASH news release:  Embargo: 00:01 Saturday 10th May 2003   The tobacco industry is blocking moves to make more public places smoke-free, says ASH in a new report published today [1], which documents the tobacco industry’s long-running campaign to discredit the science on passive smoking and oppose measures to ban smoking […]

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ASH urges government to eliminate tobacco smoke from workplaces

Friday 02 May 2003 ASH news release:  For immediate release:  2 May 2003   ASH urges Government to eliminate tobacco smoke from workplaces:   Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) welcomes the news that the Health Minister Alan Milburn is considering introducing legislation, which would ensure all workers a smokefree workplace.   Smokefree laws in […]

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New director takes charge at ASH

Wednesday 30 April 2003 ASH newsrelease: For immediate release 30th April 2003   New Directortakes charge at ASH   ASH, the UK’sleading anti-tobacco charity, today announced the appointment of Deborah Arnottas its new Director.   Arnott will head upthe charity which has a strong reputation as one of the most effectivecampaigning charities in the UK<spanstyle=’font-family:”arial […]

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Killer on the loose – new research reveals that passive smoking at work kills three people every day.

Tuesday 08 April 2003  ASH, TUC, CIEH news release – Tuesday 8 April 2003 Every year 1,200 people in the UK (three a day) die due to passive smoking at work, according to ‘A Killer on the Loose’, [1] research published today (Tuesday) on the eve of a major conference on workplace smoking. The TUC, […]

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Smoking bans are good for business. Study shows hospitality industry fears of falls in trade are unfounded.

Tuesday 25 February 2003 ASH news release:  Embargo: 00.01 25 February 2003 ASH accuses hospitality industry of “crying wolf”. Hospitality trade leaders in the UK are being challenged to reveal the hard evidence on which they are basing claims that profits in pubs, restaurants and bars will plummet if smoking restrictions are implemented in public […]

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Last day of tobacco ads – “mourn their passing, but remember the dead…”

Thursday 13 February 2003 This week sees the beginning of the end of tobacco advertising in the UK, as the first stage of the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Act 2002, comes into force – the ban starts on Friday, and the last day of tobacco ads is Thursday.  The first stage of the legislation bans […]

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Ireland bans smoking in all public places

Thursday 30 January 2003 ASH news release:  Embargo: Immediate 30th January 2003   Looking enviously across the Irish Sea, London-based ASH celebrated and saluted the decision by Ireland’s Health Minister, Micheal Martin, to introduce smoke-free requirements in all workplaces – including pubs and restaurants – within a year, from 1 January  2004. Clive Bates, Director […]

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ASH says new WHO tobacco treaty text is a ‘feeble response’ to the global tobacco epidemic

Wednesday 15 January 2003 ASH news release:  Immediate – Wednesday 15th January 2003   ASH says new WHO tobacco treaty text is a ‘feeble response’ to the global tobacco epidemic Commenting on the release of a new text for the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, ASH criticised the new text as failing to offer […]

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MPs savage Imperial Tobacco over smuggling

Friday 10 January 2003 ASH news release:  Embargo 00.01 Friday 10th January 2003   Imperial Tobacco stands accused of failing to control, and actively encouraging, tobacco smuggling by MPs of the influential Public Accounts Committee of the House of Commons.  Imperial has obstructed the work of HM Customs and deliberately exported large consignments to places […]

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